Nissan is conducting field tests with FedEx in Singapore for its all-electric NV200 commercial van. The road test for what Nissan now calls the "e-NV200" is part of a comprehensive field test program that was started up by Nissan and FedEx at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany last September.

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.
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Nissan and FedEx Express Expand Collaborative Testing of the 100% Electric Nissan e-NV200 Compact Van to Singapore
  • 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.
Yokohama (April 12, 2013) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is teaming up with FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company, to conduct field tests for its 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in Singapore. This road test is part of the comprehensive field testing program announced jointly by the two companies at the Hannover Motor Show (Germany) last fall. The vehicle is scheduled to launch in 2014.

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.

About Nissan
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.

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 $44 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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      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      au contraire, Carney. This is perfect for an EV. Many delivery vehicles have well known routes that total less than 100 miles a day in extremely slow, stop and go city traffic. They can cherry pick the best route/area for testing.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan should offer to paint and put on the vinyl logos for any company buying one of these.
      carney373
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get how EVs can work as a daily commuter. One trip to work, one trip back. But an all day, constant-motion vehicle like a delivery van or taxi doesn't make as much sense to me, unless you have a battery swap system.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carney373
        I agree on taxis. But a local delivery van does not drive as far as you think it does. They typically drive 50 to 100 miles a day, a range easily handled by an EV. And it is mostly slow stop & go driving which is perfect for an EV.
          Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Plus you can recharge it during the day or over lunch too.
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carney373
        It has a set route in city traffic with central depot. I actually think this is a very good use of EV tech.
        carney373
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carney373
        Thanks for the responses, gang
        SublimeKnight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carney373
        Please stop with this battery swap nonsense. Every lithium ion battery in existence can take a 3C charge for up to 80% capacity (20 minute charge) and many can take over a 10C (6 minutes charge). The problem is that CHAdeMO and SAE are fighting a holy war over two standards that can't even deliver a 2C charge to the relatively small pack in the LEAF. Its like VHS vs BetaMax, but AFTER the introduction of HDTV.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SublimeKnight
          Yeah, but how much damage does that do to the battery? And 20 minutes is longer than 2 minute battery swap. I think both systems can be useful . . . but sadly neither system is useful right now due to lack of universally agreed upon standards. :-(
          SublimeKnight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SublimeKnight
          2 minute battery swap? I'm not sure I could swap my cellphone battery out that fast. These small packs are hundreds of pounds. Also, regen braking dumps an extremely high current into batteries. The more research that's done, the less it looks like rate of charge/discharge plays a role in cell life (unless you overcharge/discharge in the process)
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Extremely valuable technology for small, overcrowded island nations. These vehicles with the correct government incentives should prove irresistible as economic, environment delivery vehicles. Go Nissan.