2013 Nissan e-NV200

Nissan's e-NV200 electric van wins prestigious Fleet World Honours eco award

A year before it's slated to launch to go into production, the Nissan e-NV200 takes the Environment Award at the 2012 Fleet World Honours.

Nissan's all electric van, the e-NV200, isn't even on the market yet, but it has won its first award. In the prestigious 2012 Fleet World Honors, the e-NV200 was awarded the Environment Award by Van Fleet World Magazine. The e-NV200 is the electric version of Nissan's new NV200 commercial van.

Van Fleet World editor, John Kendall, said: "If there are two obvious vehicle types where electric power could make serious inroads, it would have to be in the delivery and commuter vehicle sectors. Nissan flicked the electric switch first with the LEAF and the e-NV200 prototype has adopted the same basic technology and applied it to a delivery vehicle. You can't go out and buy one yet, but Nissan has been conducting trials with FedEx and British Gas, part of the company's global proving test with the vehicle. Range can be extended by rapid charging which can boost the batteries to 80 per cent of full charge in 30 minutes."

The e-NV200, which made its debut at the 2012 North American Auto Show, is a melding of the Nissan Leaf and the NV200. Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said “A potential game changing vehicle in its segment, the battery capacity will support a driving range similar to the Nissan LEAF, while payload and cargo space will offer the same level as the current NV200. The production version would be targeted mainly at businesses, but also at private users or families in major regions.”

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It would be great if this Cab had the 100 mile range the LEAF was targeted at - but I would think that a 15 minute quick charge after a 50 mile drive would be a safer plan! Delivery vans - typically follow set routes and are more easily predictable as to what they will be doing, whereas taxi's won't be as predictable! This vehicle looks like it could easily use a Belly mounted battery pack the size and energy capacity of the Tesla Model S - but maybe that is wishful thinking!

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