Published September 20, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
Nissan unveiled today the 100-percent electric Panel Van e-NV200 Concept, decorated with Nissan and FedEx graphics and logos, at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover.
Nissan says it is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van.
Nissan believes electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications, and Nissan sees this vehicle for use as a delivery van that offers a breakthrough type of mobility for entrepreneurs, featuring both efficiency and green consciousness.
The company has been working with FedEx Express since December 2011 to test the e-NV200 in real world operations to help shape development of the van. FedEx Express currently operates 130 all-electric vehicles worldwide, making the company an ideal collaborator for this research and development initiative.
Nissan and FedEx Express engineers started working together by co-testing the e-NV200 prototype on the streets of London, UK. The test recently expanded to Yokohama, Japan, in order to obtain additional real-world driving feedback.
The feedback will help Nissan to meet customer requirements in advance of the start of production, expected to commence in the company’s 2013 fiscal year. Going forward, the proving tests will be expanded to countries such as Singapore, the USA and Brazil.
In addition to the cooperative testing, both companies have decided to continue their participation in the research and development of the urban parcel delivery vehicle and related software.
Nissan plans to roll out zero emission technologies into its LCV line-up. The e-NV200 will be the second of four electric vehicles (EV) announced by Nissan to reach mass production.
The e-NV200 combines the powertrain of the Nissan Leaf with the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of the NV200 multi-purpose compact van.
According to Nissan, the e-NV200 will provide exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. Additionally, the model will be unique in offering new features, such as quick charging, and an innovative power outlet that enables the driver to plug in any electric device and work anywhere.
Battery charging options will include a complete recharge overnight or up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes using a Quick Charger.