Nissan e-NV200 Small Electric Van (FUTURE)

Written By: Brittney B.

Edited By: Assen Gueorguiev

                                                                Nissan e-NV200

The Nissan e-NV200 is Nissan's second zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, but it serves a very different purpose from the wildly popular LEAF. Its predecessor, the NV200, is a small cargo van that was created to save space — and navigate smaller spaces with ease — in big cities. In addition to a newer, greener fuel source, the e-NV200 improves upon that gas-powered vehicle by eliminating the passenger seats entirely and other interior materials to focus on cargo capacity. In fact, it's styled to accommodate up to two standard European pallets, and the lithium-ion battery is even located below the floor to save more space.

Cargo capacity isn't the only perk that makes this a commercially minded vehicle, though. A power outlet and telematics system with GPS make it easier for businesses to stay mobile, and an efficient electric powertrain allows them to save money on gas and maintenance. However, it's also available as a five-seat van for families and taxi companies, which puts it in direct competition with the Chrysler Town & Country PHEV, a plug-in hybrid minivan targeted primarily toward families.

As a cargo van, the e-NV200 offers a revolutionary opportunity to lower the cost and environmental impact of conducting business on-the-go. Nissan didn't sacrifice any of its performance perks (including torque, maneuverability, and payload) for the sake of energy efficiency, but for drivers who are used to consumer-class electric vehicles, the battery's range and longevity is still lacking.


Environmental Footprint

95 percent of the Nissan e-NV200's lithium-ion battery is recyclable, and the electric motor converts unused energy back into battery energy when the brakes are applied.


Rumor Has It

The Nissan e-NV200 arrived in Japanese dealerships in December 2014, but its expected release in the United States was delayed, squashing several commercial endeavors stateside. New York City planned to use customized e-NV200s as electric cabs in its Taxi of Tomorrow program, while FedEx planned to employ a trial fleet of e-NV200s as delivery vans in Washington, D.C as part of its EarthSmart program. Industry insiders expect Nissan to produce an American version with a more efficient battery, which could offer a greatly improved range and charging time.


Manufacturing/Assembly

Global production was officially launched in May 2014 at Nissan's newly improved plant in Barcelona, Spain. According to Frank Torres, vice president of the company's Spanish manufacturing operations, the vans are produced exclusively at this Spanish factory and exported to a variety of international locations, including Japan.

Nissan e-NV 200 (Expected release in the US - mid to late 2015)

 
FIVE things that Nissan e-NV200 owners abroad LOVE about their van:

  • Big and strong enough to safely carry nearly 1700 pounds (770 kilograms)

  • Battery only needs 30 minutes to quick-charge (at 400 V) up to 80 percent capacity

  • Spacious interior includes 45 square feet (4.2 square meters) of cargo space

  • Accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/hour) in 13 seconds

  • Reaches top speeds of 75 mph (120 km/hour) while carrying cargo


FIVE things that Nissan e-NV200 owners abroad DISLIKE about their van:

  • Only lasts 106 miles on a single charge, which is fine for short runs but inconvenient for drivers who are used to gasoline and diesel ranges

  • Lithium-ion battery is only under warranty for five years

  • Limited access to quick-charge stations in certain countries

  • Maximum range is only available when you empty the van, pre-heat the interior using an external power source, and drive in moderate conditions

  • Using Nissan’s EVSE cable takes 12 hours to fully charge the battery, and longer if you don't use a professionally installed, dedicated circuit