The delivery company will test the Nissan for about a month. Nissan's already tested the EV in Japan with AEON Retail Co.
The agreement marks a continuation of the road-testing partnership between FedEx and Nissan. FedEx started testing the electric concept version of Nissan's NV200 in Europe last fall, and expanded that effort to the U.K. in December.
Nissan said in May that it's spending about $125 million upgrading its NV200 factory in Barcelona to accommodate production of the electric van, which is expected to start by spring 2014. The concept version uses the same powertrain as the Nissan Leaf.
FedEx says it has about 43 permanent electric vehicles in the U.S. and Europe, in addition to more than 300 hybrid-electric delivery trucks. Scroll down to read more in the official press release.
Nissan and FedEx Express to begin testing of the 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in July
Second test of e-NV200 with FedEx following a trial in Europe in fall 2011
Trial results and feedback will be reflected in a future commercial version
YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 11, 2012) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in cooperation with FedEx Express, will carry out real-world driving tests of the 100% electric commercial vehicle, e-NV200, in the Yokohama area beginning in mid-July. The e-NV200 test vehicle is based on Nissan's multi-purpose compact van NV200.
Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a test model e-NV200 to use as a delivery vehicle for approximately one month. Nissan will then evaluate the vehicle's potential for the delivery of international air cargo. This will be the second test conducted with FedEx, following a similar trial in Europe during last winter.
Nissan has road tested the e-NV200 with several other major fleet companies this year, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd. in Japan and British Gas in Europe. Valuable feedback gleaned from the real-world testing will be reflected in the development of future Nissan production models.
FedEx Express Test e-NV200
The 100% electric commercial vehicle e-NV200 provides families and businesses with a functional and roomy interior and is intended to be a breakthrough in commercial vehicles, serving to underline Nissan's leadership in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. The model offers all the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of the base vehicle NV200. Employing the advanced powertrain of the 100% electric vehicle Nissan LEAF on the e-NV200 provides exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness, driving characteristics which are unique to electric vehicles, while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. Additionally, the model's enviable cost of ownership – a priority for many companies – will be a highly attractive attribute when it competes in the commercial vehicle marketplace.
Masamichi Ujiie, regional vice president, North Pacific, FedEx Express, said, "FedEx has been implementing various environmentally-friendly initiatives all over the world. Since 2005 our goal has been to make our vehicle fleet 20% more fuel efficient by 2020. FedEx is gradually shifting its delivery fleet to more efficient vehicles and increasing its investment in all-electric and alternative drivetrain vehicles.
"We value this opportunity to provide feedback and contribute to the development of the e-NV200," continued Ujiie."FedEx is committed to delivering highly reliable service to our customers in an environmentally responsible way."
The Nissan NV200 is a new-generation compact commercial vehicle suited to a wide variety of driving situations for customers around the world, including businesses, daily use, or leisure. It was chosen as the base vehicle for New York's Taxi of Tomorrow-the exclusive taxi of New York City. The NV200 first became available in Japan and Europe in 2009 and is now available in many other countries, including China and Malaysia. Future launches are planned for the U.S. and India. Nissan now sells the NV200 in approximately 40 countries throughout the world. It has received positive feedback from customers for its spacious interior, competitive fuel economy, excellent driving performance, and attractive design.
Nissan aims to be the leader in zero emissions vehicles. In addition to carrying out the development of electric vehicles, the company is engaged in comprehensive efforts to expand the use of electric vehicles and promote sustainable mobility. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has already concluded more than 100 partnerships related to zero emission mobility with national and local governments, and corporations, throughout the world. Nissan is also engaged in related efforts such as producing lithium ion batteries; developing the EV charging infrastructure and proprietary speed charging equipment; and the recycling and reuse of batteries.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.
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