Nissan has launched an all-electric van that aims to help businesses cut costs and carbon emissions.
Nissan claims the e-NV200 offers 40% lower servicing costs and is up to four times cheaper to fuel than a diesel vehicle while offering a 120 kmh maximum speed and a range of 170 km – considerably more than the average 115 km daily driving distance of 70%t of the fleets using compact vans in their businesses.
Charge on the go
The battery can be recharged in eight hours using a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW charger. This reduces to four hours if the optional 6.6kW/32-amp charger is fitted and a suitable supply is used.
Alternatively, a dedicated CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger can recharge the battery to 80% capacity in as little as 30 minutes or less if the battery still holds some charge, meaning that e-NV200 can be charged while it is being loaded with goods for another delivery, for example.
More than 1,100 CHAdeMO quick chargers available to the public have been installed across Europe, with 220 of those in the UK. It is expected that e-NV200 fleet operators will install their own quick chargers at their place of business or works depots. Taxi companies including Taxi Electric in the Netherlands and C&C Taxis in the UK have installed quick chargers at their depots to increase fleet utilisation.
Nissan believe e-NV200 could potentially replace all the 200,000 vans sold per year which never cover more than 100 km a day in their lifetime. That it does not need to stop refueling during the working day combined with low running costs and maintenance costs could be a game changer.
Nissan says it underwent an exhaustive testing programme, which included providing prototypes globally recognised companies to provide feedback of real world use. Sales will start this month, with the e-NV200 available as a van or a five-seat passenger vehicle.