Once the Singapore project is completed, the program will be taken to other countries, including the US and Brazil. Field tests have already been conducted in the UK and Japan.
Singapore was chosen by Nissan and FedEx because of the nation's stance on environmental policies including efforts to reduce air pollution. It ties together commitments from the automaker and delivery company to improve the environmental impact of their operations.
The field test will not be elaborate, as only one e-NV200 will be monitored as it makes delivery trips for a month. After that, both companies will evaluate whether the vehicle is ready for local delivery of international air cargo. Nissan will also utilize the data for future development of the e-NV200. The company press release is available below.
The Nissan e-NV200 will be launched in 2014, and will be the second electric vehicle in Nissan's lineup. There may be an opportunity for Nissan to provide the electric cargo van in other markets, especially now that that the Ford Transit Connect Electric has gone away.
- Nissan and FedEx Express have begun testing of the 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in Singapore.
- This is a part of the comprehensive field testing program announced jointly by Nissan and FedEx Express at the Hannover Motor Show (Germany) last fall.
- The cooperative test program expects to be extended to other countries such as Brazil and the United States.
- Trial results and feedback will continue to shape the development of the all-electric urban delivery compact van and related software.
Upon completion in Singapore, the test program will be extended to other countries, such as Brazil and the United States. Prior to the joint announcement, the two companies had also tested the same model in the U.K. and in Japan. The two companies, both of which are strongly committed to improving the environmental impact of their operations, selected Singapore as the first field testing ground in this comprehensive program due to the country's proactive stance in its environmental policies, including countermeasures against air pollution.
During the field test, Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a monitor e-NV200 vehicle for use as a delivery vehicle in the city for one month. After one month, the companies will evaluate the vehicle's potential for the delivery of international air cargo. The results will be reflected in future development of the model.
The 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle, scheduled to launch in 2014, is the second EV (electric vehicle) model to be sold globally, preceded only by the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 commercial vehicle establishes Nissan's leadership in the zero-emissions domain even more firmly, and at the same time, contributes significantly toward innovation in the commercial vehicle market. The model offers all of the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of its base vehicle, the multipurpose commercial van NV200. It also comes with an advanced performance that can only be achieved through the powertrain of the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 provides exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness, driving characteristics that are unique to electric vehicles, while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. The vehicle also displays great potential for use in various fields of business, with its advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. 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.
As a leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan is developing electric vehicles while engaged in comprehensive efforts to expand the use of electric vehicles and promote sustainable mobility. These initiatives extend from producing lithium ion batteries, recycling and reusing these batteries, to developing the EV charging infrastructure and proprietary speed charging equipment. Furthermore, 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 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 U.S.). 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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