A Japanese car manufacturer has put the disappointment of lacklustre sales on their first electric car behind them and unveiled the prototype for its first electric van.
Nissan were the first major car manufacturers to unveil a mass production vehicle in the guise of the Nissan Leaf and although sales in Europe have not been what they were hoping for it has not stopped them launching their latest electric vehicle, the NV200 EV.
The new van will go through several competency tests before it goes into mass production and this week sees the first of the vans go to work for the Japan Post Office. For the next few months the van will be tested in the city of Yokohama where it will work as a routine delivery vehicle doing everything that their normal vans do. If the first test is successful Nissan will conduct similar trials in Japan and Europe and only if they are successful will UK companies be able to get a commercial vehicle insurance quote on the NV200 RV.
However, Nissan Corporate Vice President, Hideto Murakami, is confident of a successful future for electric vehicles, and said “The role that can be played by zero emission vehicles in promoting a balance between economic growth and environmental protection in the realm of logistics is large. We will certainly reflect the customer feedback gained from these proving tests in our future product development, and I expect that our commercial electric vehicles based on the NV200 will contribute to our customers’ business and to the development of a sustainable society.”
Nissan has certainly picked a winning design to base the electric van on as the NV200 is set to become the next generation New York Taxi Cab and has had rave reviews everywhere it is sold.