London Puts Nissan Electric Van To Use In Trial

Remember the other day how we talked about the fact Nissan is about ready to bring to mass production its second electric vehicle, a commercial van known as the e-NV200? Part of getting a vehicle like this to market involves lots of field testing first, and that’s precisely what’s been going on in London, where city officials have been busy of late putting one of these electric vans through its paces.

The City of London Corporation, according to Nissan, just completed what’s termed “a successful trial” of the e-NV200 by testing the vehicle

on the streets of central London with universally positive feedback from all the drivers as they look to reduce costs and emissions in the City.

With such a diverse range of possible uses, the e-NV200 was tested for a week by City of London Corporation, with fleet drivers and members of the senior management team successfully demonstrating the pioneering van can cover typical daily journeys on one charge.

The finished trial follows on the heels of a similar operation conducted earlier this year between London and Nissan for the Leaf all-electric car. The use of both vehicles follows a general trend being seen in London as it tries to make itself into a low carbon transportation hub. Previous examples of this have included the introduction of electric buses and plans for a number of fast fill hydrogen fuel cell stations.

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The Nissan e-NV200 uses Leaf running gear and come equipped with an 80 kW electric motor. Plans call for it to have a cruising range of around 87 miles, according to European standards, and to be capable of supporting quick charge functionality that will bring its lithium-ion battery pack up to 80 percent capacity in just an hour.

“We are pleased to be one of the first organisations to trial the e-NV200 – and the feedback has been very positive,” said John Tomlinson, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, in a statement. “We also had access to the Nissan Leaf which was well received by our staff, so we had no hesitation in wanting to try the e-NV200. The drivers were impressed with its comfort and responsiveness.”

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