Nissan looks to be near the end of the line for its second mass produced electric vehicle, the automaker said recently. The e-NV200 compact van, designed mainly for commercial uses, is scheduled to debut next year, though it already is being put through its paces with several large commercial fleets around the world.
Built upon the platform of the base vehicle known as the NV200, this electric model is said to offer all the “spaciousness, versatility and practicality” of its combustion engine sibling. Its electric drivetrain is based upon that of the Nissan Leaf, which is currently the most popular electric car in the consumer market.
Other key features noted by Nissan include an advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. “What’s more, said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan, in a statement, “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.”
Meanwhile, even as Nissan prepares the e-NV200 for next year, it is already mapping out its next electric vehicle – the e-NT400. It will be a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan. Like the van, it will use 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.
“Nissan is developing a number of vehicles that adapt a diverse range of EV technologies,” noted Hideto Murakami, Nissan corporate vice president responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit. “We want to explore the potential of EV technology in the light commercial market to diversify the value that Nissan’s commercial vehicles provide to businesses.”