Nissan, in one of the first instances of its newest electric vehicle turning up on American shores, has teamed up with FedEx to begin testing the e-NV200, a 100 percent electric compact cargo vehicle, under real world conditions in Washington, D.C. Similar tests have already been conducted with this van in fleets in Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
The Japanese automaker said it will deploy the e-NV200 in field trials in the D.C. area that will “subject it to the routine requirements of a delivery vehicle.” These results will be used to help determine the viability of using an electric vehicle in this role in the U.S. The EV is currently scheduled to begin mass production later this year in Europe.
Rotating the Nissan e-NV200 in the Fedex delivery fleet is part of the delivery company’s EarthSmart program, a “global sustainability platform designed to guide the company’s environmental commitment in the communities where it operates.” It already has 167 electric vehicles and 365 hybrid electric vehicles in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and China, including units being deployed in Brazil starting this month. By the end of this fiscal year (May 31, 2014), the company plans to increase these numbers to 222 and 393, respectively.
The e-NV200 is the second electric vehicle Nissan has marketed globally, following its successful Leaf passenger car. It is equipped with front-wheel drive, and can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in less than 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger.
“As a global fleet operator serving 220 countries and territories worldwide, FedEx is committed to improving the efficiency of its vehicles as part of our EarthSmart initiatives,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation, in a statement. “We are pleased to continue our work with Nissan and bring the e-NV200 into test in North America.”