Nissan e-NV200 electric van given green light

Nissan has announced that the electric version of their NV200 compact van called the e-NV200 will go into production in 2013 as a 2014 model. The e-NV200 will be produced in Spain for export to all world markets.

Sharing much of its electric architecture with the now proven Nissan Leaf, the e-NV200 which made its debut earlier this year as a concept, is based on the gasoline version of the NV200 compact van already slated to come to the American market soon.

A versatile van, it can be both a passenger vehicle or a cargo van. A second row of seats can be folded down or removed easily. Nissan says the e-NV200 will provide both businesses and families with functional and roomy interior space and will retain the host features of the current NV200 vans combined with the ability to go gasoline free.

While official range and charge information is not yet known, Nissan says driving range will be nearly identical to the Leaf. That vehicle can easily make it 80-100 miles on a charge as we found in our driving test last year.


Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said, ” The new model will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally powered compact van, but with zero CO2 emission at the point of use and provides outstanding driving experience that is unique to EV’s.”

The current NV200 line up has already sold around 100,000 units globally. Its popularity led it to be chosen as the next generation New York City ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ following a rigorous selection process.

Currently, intensive evaluations of prototype NV200-based electric vehicles are being carried out in Europe. Trials will continue in coming months in order to provide real-world feedback from the most demanding usage.

Nissan has not announced yet whether the e-NV200 will be imported for the American market, but given the overwhelming popularity of the Nissan Leaf upon which its powertrain is base, it’s expected that at some point it will.

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