Nissan, even as it trots out the gorgeous BladeGlider electric vehicle concept as the antithesis to the more more boxy looking Leaf, is keeping its eye on what it has readied for actual mass production as its second mainstream EV offering. The e-NV200 compact van, which was about ready for prime time a few months back, is now confirmed for fiscal year 2014.
The Japanese automaker said its 100 percent electric commercial vehicle will first rollout in its home market, followed by eventual deployment worldwide. Production of it will begin at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain mid-next year, offering up to fleet buyers a zero emissions ride that provides all the “spaciousness, versatility and practicality” of its combustion engine sibling.
Making use of an electric drivetrain based upon that of the Nissan Leaf, key features of the e-NV200 include an advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. These latter item will be of particular use for outdoor activities or emergency power.
Not wanting to leave early sector engagement with its new electric vehicle to chance, Nissan is looking to drop the electric van into use right out of the gate in strategic placements. These include use in the city of Yokohama, Japan’s zero emissions vehicle project, of which Nissan already is heavily involved in, as well as new endeavors in Barcelona and New York City, New York.
Meanwhile, even as Nissan prepares the e-NV200 for next year, it is already mapping yet another 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.