Fleet managers throughout the United Kingdom will be planning for the future after Nissan announced they are going to produce a 100% electric van (the e-NV200) that will go into production at its Barcelona plant next year.
The new van will be based on their existing award-winning NV200 which is also produced at the same plant and the van will be an important addition to Nissan’s global range of light commercial vehicles. The e-NV200 will be Nissan’s second all electric vehicle (EV) following on from the launch of the multi-award winning Nissan LEAF two years ago.
Nissan feel that this news will show even more that they have a long-term commitment to zero emissions. The launch of the new model was made possible thanks to a £100 million investment by Nissan in Spain and will create around 700 new jobs at the plant.
The e-NV200 will provide businesses in the UK with a functional and roomy van, and Nissan are confident van insurance providers will be inundated with enquiries once the vehicle becomes available. The van will retain the innovative and practical features of the NV200 combined with the most advanced components of the Nissan LEAF. This will deliver a driving range similar to the LEAF together with best in class running and maintenance costs. The new van will also make a significant contribution to Nissan’s aim of becoming the world’s largest LCV manufacturer by 2016. Currently intensive evaluations are being carried out in Europe ahead of the start of production.
Andy Palmer, Nissan Executive Vice President, said “The e-NV200 represents a genuine breakthrough in commercial vehicles and further underlines Nissan’s leadership within the electric vehicle segment. 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 also provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs. Crucially, it will also offer class-leading running and maintenance costs, which makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition to both businesses and families.”