All-Electric Nissan e-NV200 Joins FedEx Express Fleet

By | January 23, 2014
Nissan recently announced that it will begin testing the all-electric e-NV200, a compact cargo vehicle, in real-world situations with FedEx Express. This is the first time the vehicle will be running in North America, although similar tests have been conducted in Japan, Singapore, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. The e-NV200 will begin testing in Washington D.C., where it will undergo routine requirements for a delivery schedule. "We're eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial customer. We'd also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use," said Erik Gottfried, Nissan director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing, in a recent statement. Earlier last year, Nissan did a similar launch with the Leaf in New York City. As the second vehicle being tested in such a manner, the Nissan e-NV200 offers a quiet and emission-free performance, thanks to its Leaf-based powertrain. Currently, FedEx Express uses 167 electric vehicles and 365 hybrid vehicles worldwide, and with the help of the e-NV200, FedEx hopes to increase those numbers to 222 and 393, respectively. These extra vehicles will help the company reach its goal to increase the fuel efficiency of its fleet up to 30 percent by 2020.
Source: Nissan