It looks like Nissan made a special delivery at the Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover, Germany, this week: a special concept version of the battery-electric e-NV200 panel van that it's been testing with FedEx since late last year.

The Japanese automaker, whose EV e-NV200 has the same 24-kWh battery and 80-kW motor as the Nissan Leaf, started testing the vehicle with FedEx in London last December and expanded that effort to Yokohama, Japan, this past summer.

Nissan says more testing will be done with FedEx in Singapore, Brazil and the U.S. The vehicle will likely include an option that allows it to be 80-percent recharged in 30 minutes using a DC fast charger. More in Nissan's press release below.



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FEDEX EXPRESS AND NISSAN EXPAND THEIR COOPERATIVE TESTING OF THE 100% ELECTRIC NISSAN E-NV200 TO NEW GLOBAL MARKETS
  • Nissan and FedEx first worked together in December 2011, testing e-NV200 commercial vehicle prototypes in London, UK and later in July 2012 in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Test programs to extend to other countries such as Singapore, USA and Brazil
  • Trial results and feedback will continue to shape the development of the all-electric urban delivery compact van and related software.
  • FedEx Express and Nissan are both committed to reducing CO2 emissions and improving the environmental sustainability of their operations
HANOVER, Germany (September 19, 2012) - Nissan today unveiled the all-new 100% electric Panel Van version e-NV200 Concept, decorated with Nissan and FedEx graphics and logos, at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover.

Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van. Electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications, and this vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van that offers a breakthrough type of mobility for entrepreneurs, featuring efficiency and green consciousness.

The company has been working with FedEx Express since December 2011 to test the e-NV200 in real world operations to help shape development of the 100% electric compact delivery vehicle. FedEx Express currently operates 130 all-electric vehicles worldwide, making the company an ideal collaborator for this research and development initiative.

FedEx Express is strongly committed to improving the environmental impact of its global vehicle fleet. The FedEx Express fleet is managed through a holistic approach to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions; the company has already achieved more than 80 by 2020. This collaborative initiative with Nissan will assist FedEx with developing best practices for managing its electric vehicle fleet in urban environments, while supporting the development of innovative technologies for overall industry improvement in efficiency and reduced environmental impact.

Nissan and FedEx Express engineers started working together in December 2011 by co-testing the e-NV200 prototype on the streets of London, UK. The test recently expanded to Yokohama, Japan, in order to obtain additional real-world driving feedback. The feedback will help Nissan to meet customer requirements in advance of the start of production, expected to commence in fiscal year (FY) 2013. Going forward, the proving tests will be newly expanded to countries such as Singapore, the USA and Brazil.

In addition to the cooperative testing, both companies have decided to continue their participation in the research and development of the urban parcel delivery vehicle and related software.

Nissan plans to roll out zero emission technologies into its LCV line-up. The e-NV200 will be the second of four electric vehicles (EV) announced by Nissan to reach mass production, underlining Nissan's leadership in the EV segment. The e-NV200 combines the advanced powertrain of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF with all the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of the base vehicle-the NV200 multi-purpose compact van.

The e-NV200 will provide exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness (driving characteristics are unique to electric vehicles) while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. Additionally, the model will be unique in offering new features, such as quick charging, and an innovative power outlet that enables the driver to plug in any electric device and work anywhere. Its advanced telematics system, combined with class-leading cargo volume in a compact body, will help the e-NV200 strive to reach its goal to become the industry benchmark. Additionally, the model's enviable running costs - a priority for many companies - offer additional energy cost savings compared to fuel cost and lower maintenance costs.

"As a global fleet operator, FedEx Express is always looking for measures to improve the efficiency of its vehicles," said Russell Musgrove, managing director Global Vehicles, FedEx Express. "Through the development and deployment of innovative technologies, FedEx Express has continually improved the energy efficiency and reduced the environmental impact of its fleet. We are delighted to collaborate with a global player like Nissan in the development of an urban all-electric delivery van."

With zero emissions, no tailpipe, and energy-recycling regenerative braking, e-NV200 will be particularly well-suited for urban environments. Regenerative braking affords the advantage of reclaiming energy in the start and stop of city traffic, reducing the wasteful loss of energy and increasing the efficiency of the vehicle's driveline. Battery charging options include a complete recharge overnight or up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes using a Quick Charger.

"The e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutant emissions at the point of use. What's more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs. e-NV200 represents a bold and innovative addition to our commercial vehicle range, which is already one of the broadest of any manufacturer," said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

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.

For additional information on the Nissan e-NV200 Concept, please visit http://www.env200.com/.

About FedEx Sustainability
FedEx is committed to connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully. The Company sets long-term goals to reduce aircraft emissions intensity 30 percent by 2020, increase FedEx Express vehicle efficiency by 20 percent by 2020, and expand on-site renewable energy generation and procurement of renewable energy credits. FedEx works to achieve these ambitious goals through EarthSmart, a FedEx commitment to minimize our impact on the environment. EarthSmart is designed to encourage innovation that makes our business-the way we work and the services we offer-more sustainable, both economically and environmentally. FedEx has been placed in Boston College's Reputation Institute 2011 CSR Index Top 50 Ranking, the fourth consecutive year maintaining this recognition, and holds the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership Printer's List #2 Ranking.

To find out more about FedEx commitment to environmental sustainability, please visit: http://about.van.fedex.com/corporate_responsibility/the_environment

About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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About Nissan in the UK
• Nissan Sunderland Plant manufactures the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Note and the Nissan Juke and will manufacture the 100% electric Nissan LEAF from 2013
• Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles begins this year
• Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 6.4 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 97 markets worldwide
• Total investment made and announced since then is £3.3 billion
• 480,485 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2011
• Sunderland Plant currently employs 5,400 people
• Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
• Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 500 people


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      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      At last something practical, that will sell well, that companies awash with money want to buy. Something thats gone right for a change, about time too. EV's might start to catch on in the UK now, certainly would take the high cost out of the $450 a day to drive into London in a van, and uncertainty of regular rule changes on emissions of running vans in London's huge Low Emission Zone,
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        $450 a day? Some mistake surely? A tenner a day, AFAIK.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          How can anyone afford these insane fees? $450 a DAY? No way I'll ever attempt this.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Sorry Dave my apology, its £100 ($162) -£200 ($324) a day to drive into London Low Emmision Zone at this moment in time, l read somewhere they were going to up it to from $324 to $450 a day as another way of paying down government debt. Read a story about a owner of a fleet of 2007 Ford Rangers was suddenly hit with huge Londons Low Emission Zone charges when they were introduced, he normally replaced his fleet on a 10-12 yearly basis, said it would put him out of business as he could not absorb the extra cost of Londons Low Emmision Zone that covers much of the inner M25 Area where approximately 1 in 6 Brits live. £!00 pound a a day to drive in Londons Low Emmision Zone = £700 ($1,136) a week. Fines Non payment £500 ($811) or it gets crushed. - Larger vans - Motorised horseboxes - 4x4 light utility vehicles - Pick-ups £200 a day to drive in London's Low Emmision Zone = £1,400 ($2,272) a week Fine £1,000 ($1,600) for Non Payment or it gets crushed. Lorries - Goods vehicles - Motor caravans - Motorised horseboxes - Breakdown and recovery vehicles - Snow ploughs - Gritters - Refuse collection vehicles - Road sweepers - Concrete mixers - Tippers - Fire engines - Removals lorries - Other specialist vehicles Buses - Coaches (with more than 8 passenger seats) http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/17701.aspx#tkt-tab-panel-5 Tenner l think you are getting mixed up with Londons "Congestion Charge Zone" charges & Londons "Low Emmision Zone" Dave, they are two different tax raising beasts. Low Emission Zone covers a much greater area the congestion zone is a small inner London area.. UK Government are also constantly moving the goalposts on taxes, tax exempt small diesel below120g/km of C02 in "London's congestion charge" on cars will now change to 85g/km of C02 which will mean a lot of owners will have to pay the congestion charge. Via Motors E-REV trucks certainly would break all the CO2 & Diesel truck PM10 based regulations in London and end the uncertainty of one year your truck is London Low Emission Zone friendly the next its not as government changes the rules. London was going to face a £300 million fine from the EU for dirty PM10 air quality,
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Rick: The link you give is not saying it will cost that to drive into the low emission zone in 'a van' as you state, but that it will cost that if it does not meet the emission standards. You don't have to buy an electric vehicle to meet them, and instead of buying a new low emission van you can: 'Fit a filter Fitting an approved filter to your exhaust could reduce your vehicle's emissions enough to meet the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) emissions standards. If you do choose this option, be aware that ordering the filter, and getting it fitted and certified takes at least three months, so you need to act as early as possible and pay a daily charge if driving within the zone in the meantime.' So the only people who will be paying the rates you mention will be people who only occasionally go into the zone, and so it is not worth upgrading the filters. You don't need to go electric not to pay that rate.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Sounds simple fit a filter folk don't have that sort of money to burn in their budget. Shutting down the business is now the only option in a lot of cases for small business's Dave. This guy closed down his business & sold his van, it's only a matter of time that they will start charging Londoners the same sort of Low Emission Zone charges, more folk will be forced out of business & jobs sitting at producing nothing dragging the economy down on unemployment benefits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h326ZUKmjqc You will have to have the vehicle's exhaust system modified to make the emissions cleaner by adding an expensive particulate trap at a typical cost of £1,500-£2,200. Large vans will be at the lower end of the spectrum – campers at the higher end. In some cases a particulate filter could cost as much as £3,500. When the filters become clogged up, it just not the filters that get clogged bills normally run over £1,000, at filter replacements. Dave lorry & truckers from overseas will now have to pay £1,000 a year to use our roads, Daily Telegraph 15 Sep 2012 British hauliers have complained for years that while they pay to use roads on the continent their European counterparts enjoy free passage on UK carriageways. The system will see a new annual charge introduced for all trucks driving on British roads. UK drivers will also pay the levy, but it will be offset by a corresponding road tax cut that will ensure British hauliers will be no worse off. Patrick McLoughlin, the recently-appointed Transport Secretary, said the new levy “will deliver a vital shot in the arm to the UK haulage industry”. It will also raise up to £23.2million a year for the Exchequer, according to estimates by the Department for Transport. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9545247/Ministers-announce-new-road-tax-on-foreign-lorries.html
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Thinking about the charge a little more, it is likely a sly way of diverting business from continental firms. I don't know if there is still a fuel price differential, but at one time British truckers were loosing a lot of business due to foreign drivers fuelling up more cheaply before crossing the channel, then taking on loads at prices that British firms could not meet. They are not going to upgrade their filters to London emission standards, so will have to pay £200, and the British firm will take the business.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. FedEx USA needs to do this.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have always said, commercial vehicles with fixed routes/daily mileages have the greatest potential for these early electrics.
        Nick
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        EZEE How much longer will you pretend to be a Rethuglican and vote Romney? It makes no sense.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        EZEE How much longer will you pretend to be a Rethuglican and vote Romney? It makes no sense.
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          $1.3 trillion in debt. The crash is coming. Raising taxes to billionaires to 70% would take in $30 billion. Defense, welfare, social programs, social security....they will all be hit. Since the US dollar is the medium of exchange world wide, this crash could affect civilization. Obama isn't even talking about it, and the senate dems are refusing to pass budgets, knowing that with baseline budgeting, the stimulus passes early in obama's administration is added to the budget, every single year. With automatic increases. To freeze spending for a single year would be counted as a $9 trillion cut over 10 years. China has stopped buying our debt. The fed is buying our debt. We, are buying our own debt. Do you realize how screwed we are? And how fast this going to hit? Romney may not be able to stop it, but he is talking about it. Here will be your warning. When the fed announces it will not longer, or can no longer buy debt, panic. If you have large amounts of money in any one bank, split it up to separate banks. Invest in multinationals, or commodities. If you own a home, refinance now. Once the monetary contraction starts, even if it isn't a full blown civilization crash, it will be bad, it's inflation and high interest rates. Do you think I like everything about republicans? God no. Closer to a libertarian. But we are so nuts right now, that people call Ryan's plan 'extreme' when it takes until 2030 to balance the budget. That's extreme. Wtf happened....?
          Nick
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          Noted, here are my answers: 1) Raising taxes for billionnaires only would not bring in much, since there aren't that many around, and because they already have a lot of their assets located in tax shelters and would likely move all of them there if taxes are raised a lot. 2) Raising taxes to a reasonable level (say 20%) for anyone making over $250,000........would pay all of America's entire debt and other expenses in less than 6 years. That's right. See, in America, the richer you are the less taxes you pay. If you're super rich, you're able to virtually pay NO taxes AT ALL. That is a serious issue that the Rethuglicans do not want to resolve in any way. 3) Rethuglicans created a massive deficit and brought the economy to the brink of collapse thanks to a complete lack of regulation of Wall St and other sectors (Enron..). That is a FACT. Now the only way to prevent a total, massive and planetary crash...is massive bail outs and cash injections. A lot of brainwashed Repubes still believe it could have all been prevented without the govt cash infusion, but they're ridiculously wrong. They actually have no idea how bad it was in 2008. Now, you blame Democrats for saving the economy that Repubes brought to the brink of devastation, and you don't see the irony of it? If we didn't have a brain damaged man called W.Bush for 8 years, and had a responsible president who took regulation and oversight seriously, there would not have been a global crisis of epic proportions.
          Nick
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          EZEE I agree with most of your points on taxes. The situation is, many pay too little of it; the middle class pays too much, and those above have ways to avoid paying for it. I know this well, as I grew up in a family of wealthy 0.5% percenters. Unfortunately, a flat tax, or a sales tax only, will never see the light of day. However, your assumption that Republican politicians somehow care about this issue is false. Republicans do not give a damn about balancing the budget, debt and how much taxes you pay. They care about a very tiny fraction of very rich people, that's all. As a matter of fact, the huge tax breaks the Republicans gave to giant corporations, as well as the huge military expenditures ($1 Trn oil wars), have blown massive holes in the budget…but they don’t care about that, they’d rather blame a Democrat for it. Romney wants to preserve handouts to the oil industry and talks of lowering taxes further, without offering any way to make up for the shortfall in the budget. Matters will only get worse. Democrats are largely quiet spectators and let most of this take place, because they do not have the balls or the power to go against it. Bill Clinton famously said “It is out of my power”.
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          hmmmmmm, but, if you look at straight income (not income from dividends, capital gains) - those at $250,000 pay around 35% federal, plus various state income taxes. So raising TO 20% would actually be a massive cut for the rich people. Somehow I doubt that is what your point was to state, but then, most on the left have no idea how much the rich pay in taxes. Alinsky tactics for the foot soldiers, anyone? Now, if you wanted to raise the taxes on the rich to an ADDITIONAL 20%, that might raise some short term revenue, but as what always happens, the rich would take their money elsewhere. Of course, lets say you were serious on making sure they pay 20% - we could eliminate all loopholes, and consider ANY income taxable - even that on capital gains, interest, etc. That could be a flat tax for all - since everyone has a vote in government - why not all pay for government, instead of only a few people? The easiest way to do this would be a national sales tax - eliminate income taxes altogether, and have your 20% sales tax on all items that do not include groceries. Or, to help out the poor, PAY them the difference each month on the taxes (a prebate) so they all get a check from the government AHEAD of paying the 20% sales tax. The advantage with this is, when prostitutes bought new outfits - they would pay the taxes. Drug dealers buy a new car? Pay the tax. You wouldn't eliminate the underground economy, but you would tax the results. Legalize drugs, then tax those as well (I did say I lean libertarian). This is called "The Fair Tax" - created by a republican and libertarian - if Obama adopted that to his platform, I would vote for him tomorrow. Well, Election Day... Learn how much the rich pay as a percentage of federal income tax dollars - when 47% pay no income taxes, it is hard to say the rest don't pay their fair share... And Evil Romney gave 30% of his income to charity. Evil....
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          Again though, they are the only ones talking about it. Many on the left talk about spending more. Trust me, I realize that republicans are not fantastic on this issue. But one side (republicans) talks about it, and the other side does not. If I was on the titanic, and the iceberg was in front of me, and two of the people near the steering wheel said, 'oh look, an iceberg.' And the other two said, 'wonder what chef has for dinner?' But all four were sitting around. I would be running for the lifeboat, but would scream over my shoulder, 'maybe you should listen to the two about that block of ice!'
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I'd cut the roof off and use it for sightseeing tours. Please, Nissan, bring these here!
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ezee is quite right, light commercial vehicles, especially those used on congested city traffic, the natural market for EV technology. These vehicles are usually purchased with careful business logic, rather than emotional prejudice. Mostly, the person buying the vehicle will not be driving vehicle, so personal taste and fashion are not factors influencing the buying decision. The EV has a distinctive advantage economically. The higher purchase cost of EV's, is offset by tax credits, lower operating costs and charges, longer vehicle life etc,... in addition the PR value of enhanced corporate 'green image' is an added bonus.
        EZEE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Marcopolo
        PR - Marco appreciates your value.... (I know I know...but I amuse myself sometimes and isn't that enough?)
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