Nissan has been testing the e-NV200 since 2011 and is in the "final development phase" now. The company will start building the production version in the middle of 2014 at the plant in Barcelona, Spain where it also builds the non-electric NV200.
Anyone reading the tea leaves for when the e-NV200 will be available would do well to bet on the first quarter of 2015. After all, the company did say it would start e-NV200 production at some point in fiscal year 2013.
'e-NV200' in Japan during FY2014
The 100% electric commercial vehicle arrives in Japan during FY2014
Produced and marketed globally, the model is the second pillar of Nissan's zero-emission lineup
Nissan supports Yokohama's initiative to implement low carbon city mobility measures
YOKOHAMA (November 14, 2013) –Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the 100% electric commercial vehicle, the "e-NV200," will arrive in the Japanese market during fiscal year 2014, and will eventually be sold worldwide.
The e-NV200 is Nissan's second all-electric model available globally, following the world's best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF. Production of the e-NV200 model will begin at Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain in mid-2014.
In addition to offering the same interior spaciousness, utility and practicality of conventional vans, the e-NV200 produces zero CO2 emissions during operation. The vehicle also provides functions that extend business potential in numerous situations. These include the power supply function in the luggage area for outdoor activities or emergency power, and the advanced telematics system.
In order to establish an effective model case that leverages the characteristics of e-NV200, Nissan is discussing specific strategies with the government of the company's hometown, the city of Yokohama. Under consideration are the use of e-NV200 by Yokohama city for its public services vehicles and the establishment of a vehicle monitor user program which would be available to all city residents.
Nissan and the city of Yokohama are already collaborating on the "Yokohama Mobility Project Zero," an effort to realize the next generation in traffic, with a goal of achieving a city with a low carbon footprint. Activities so far have included the use of Nissan LEAF and the Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT, an ultra-compact electric vehicle. The parties may expand the project with the introduction of e-NV200.
Measures to utilize the e-NV200 are evolving in Barcelona, Spain, which is involved in a mutually cooperative arrangement with Yokohama city in the formation and development of smart cities. Plans are being made to use the e-NV200 for smart transportation in Barcelona, such as for taxis. Along with this, preparations are in process to install a quick charger network and dedicated EV parking areas to support the taxis.
In addition to solidifying Nissan's zero-emissions leadership position, the 100% electric commercial vehicle e-NV200 is a model that brings great innovation to the commercial vehicle market. Based on the NV200, which was selected as the next-generation taxi in New York City, the e-NV200 offers excellent acceleration and quiet operation, all made possible by the highly evaluated powertrain of the Nissan LEAF. As well, e-NV200 has the lowest operating costs in the commercial vehicle segment, an important consideration for businesses.
The e-NV200 will be on display as a reference exhibit at Nissan booth's for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, featuring information about Yokohama city's vision for an environmentally sustainable city.
To learn more about the e-NV200: http://www.env200.com/
About Nissan Motor Co.
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 approximately 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.