The Nissan e-NV200 concept is the electric version of its all-new commercial van. Nissan, apparently, is already testing the EV overseas with plans to potentially sell it here in the U.S. and India. Nissan, not surprisingly, taps its Leaf electric car in developing the e-NV200 concept van's powertrain and even borrows some styling cues from the diminutive EV.
Who It's For
The Nissan NV200, which went on sale last year as a 2012 model, is the first major entry in the commercial small van market which has been dominated for decades by the Ford E-Series and the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana. We can see the Nissan e-NV200 concept to be useful for florists, newspaper delivery, computer repair shots, etc., or basically businesses which have routine routes with frequent stops. New York has already ordered several regular Nissan NV200 vans for its 2013 taxi service.
The Nissan e-NV200 concept has a distinctive design, borrowing design features from the smaller Nissan Leaf EV. Other features include:
- All the features of the gasoline-powered NV200 like cargo space and high roofline but does it without any gas emissions.
- Range per recharging, according to Nissan is roughly 80 miles which is equivalent to the smaller Nissan Leaf.
- Materials like easy-to-clean "green" cloth cover the seats while special filters keep the cabin air cleaner. Nissan e-NV200 concept possesses advanced telematic systems for monitoring the van.
What We Think
Electric vans are nothing new here in the states and abroad and we see production version of the Nissan e-NV200 vans finding a niche primarily among small business and government agencies.
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