FedEx / Nissan e-NV200

FedEx and Nissan expanding e-NV200 electric cargo van pilot program

FedEx has been testing Nissan's futuristic e-NV200 electric cargo van since December 2011, and the pilot program is expanding globally ahead of the e-NV200's production launch in 2013.

FedEx is expanding a program with Nissan in which the two companies are testing Nissan's electric van, the e-NV200, configured as a panel van, and for use in package delivery. The latest concept version of this vehicle was unveiled today at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover.

The e-NV200 is a commercial van, an electric version of the NV200 outfitted with electric drive train technology borrowed from the Nissan Leaf. When development is complete this will be Nissans second all-electric vehicle, after the Nissan Leaf.

Many urban delivery scenarios are perfect for electric vehicles. A delivery company like FedEx has distribution depots around each city, with delivery routes focused in the vicinity of each depot. While some delivery routes will involve a long driving distance, many if not most requires a short driving distance, making it feasible for delivery companies to use electric trucks on those delivery routes shorter than the electric truck driving range.

Fleet owners are especially positioned to take advantage of the fuel and maintenance savings of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are cheaper to fuel than gasoline or diesel, and the savings are racked up faster for a fleet vehicle than it is for regular drivers.

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