Production version of Nissan's all-electric e-NV200 unveiled
Nissan's e-NV200 borrow heavily from the Nissan LEAF
Nissan originally began testing of an all-electric version of its NV200 light commercial van back in mid-2010 before showcasing the e-NV200 concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Now the automaker has unveiled the production version of the LEAF's bigger brother in Geneva, touting the vehicle as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover.
Taking a leaf out of the LEAF's book, the e-NV200 features the same independent front suspension and electric drivetrain found in its smaller brother. However, the 24 kWh battery powering the 80 kW electric motor is packaged differently to enable it to be positioned under the vehicle's floor and retain the same 4,200 L (1,136 US gal) cargo volume as the standard NV200. This required a mounting assembly that Nissan says also improves torsional stiffness of the vehicle by 20 percent and lateral stiffness by 35 percent compared to the NV200.
The vehicle's battery pack can be charged overnight via a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW outlet, or in four hours via a 6.6 kW/32-amp supply. Using one of the more than 1,000 CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick chargers already installed across Europe will charge the battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes.
With an homologated NEDC range of 170 km (106 miles) and a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), the e-NV200 is primarily aimed at businesses, with its standard van configuration that can carry two standard Euro pallets. However, Nissan will also target families and taxi fleets with the availability of the e-NV200 as a five-seat people carrier.
Visually differentiating the e-NV200 from the ICE version are a new "face", again borrowed from the LEAF, blue-tinted LED headlights, and a new instrument panel with digital readout that displays vehicle speed, charge state and vehicle range.
Pricing details are yet to be revealed, but the e-NV200 is set to hit showrooms in June.
Source: Nissan GB
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I think that is nice. I think it would help with reducing the pollution that some big cities have.
Perhaps if it had solar panels on the roof, it could help with recharging while it is away from the charging station.
Not a chance in hell it will do 100 mile range on 24 kwhr which IIRC is the Leaf pack size. But even if not it isn't getting 100 mile range.
Likely a sixty mile range or less. Though a nice 12kw generator would give it unlimited range, flexibility but they won't make them as an option for any EV by their lack of action.
I think this would make for a great MTB shuttle vehicle. Perhaps it would appeal to a new breed of eco "weekend-warriors". I like the leaf, but if this thing were priced competitively (35k?) I could see it catching on with anyone interested in pure cargo.
If you want to go adding a generator to an EV you are killing the whole point. Go buy a hybrid instead, and leave the EV's for those that have gotten past the "range-anxiety". I can count the number of 100+ mile non-stop trips I make per year on a single hand. Rent a hybrid for those, and save a BOAT_LOAD of money in the mean time.
So ugly - come on this isn't an ugliest vehicle competition.
Now if it could fit an 8x4 sheet in the back we'd be talking.
To increase mileage the possibility is adding a compresed air as an energy source like Peugeot and Citroen, as electric, air hybrid version, could be interesting.
Esteban Sperber Frankel
They could offer a 200+ mile range, but whose going to pay $85K + for a delivery van?
A working vehicle would need a longer range than 100 Miles, better add more batteries
Why is it that Tesla offers a 200+ mile range?
Could it be that Tesla's batteries have higher energy density?
I suggest that Nissan uses higher energy density batteries so they can at least offer more kilowatt-hours as an option?
If the van is using the same electric drive train as the Leaf, won't it fail sooner from the extra stress?
its ugly, but I suspect looks are not the top priority of a fleet or delivery vehicle. I have long pined for something like this as a work truck. If they could get the range to 200 miles, it would be ideal for my job. We use around 60 gallons of fuel weekly traipsing across an area the size of Delaware in a pair of E350 vans. They haul cargo and us to and from sites to repair equipment. I would love to see a hybrid or electric solution for this.
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