Nissan e-NV200 May Come to U.S.

By | June 12, 2014
Nissan is currently testing the electric version of its NV200 van on the roads of Oregon, California, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. During a six-week test, two e-NV200 prototypes will accompany companies such as FedEx and Portland General Electric to test how businesses can use an all-electric cargo van. Through the process, Nissan will determine if an electric commercial vehicle is viable for the U.S. market. The model is already set to go on sale this summer in Europe and later this year in Japan. In other markets, the Nissan e-NV200 comes with a 24kWh lithium-ion battery, an electric motor generating about 107 horsepower, and a payload capacity of 1698 pounds. The vehicle is able to fully recharge in 8 hours from a 220V home charger, or drivers can plug in at a quick charge station and get 80 percent power in just 30 minutes.
Nissan is hoping that its past success with electric vehicles will help reach consumers in the U.S., and particularly in Oregon. “Oregon has been a top five market for Nissan LEAF sales in the U.S. due to proactive policies at the state level to encourage EV adoption, as well as robust charging infrastructure championed by the state and others like PGE,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV Marketing in the U.S. “If we determine that e-NV200 fits into the U.S. commercial vehicle market, we expect that Portland would be a leading driver for sales as well.” Nissan says that companies switching to the e-NV200 can save on operating costs, vehicle maintenance, and carbon emissions. We'll just have to wait and see if this electric hauler has enough range to meet the needs of companies. Source: Nissan