Nissan e-NV200 joins the Leaf on global stage

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Nissan is adding another electric vehicle (EV) to its line-up with the introduction of the Nissan e-NV200.

It is the first automaker to have two all-electric vehicles in its global line-up, joining the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling EV.

The e-NV200 brings exceptional tweak with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs to the compact van segment.

With the best elements of two multi-award winning vehicles, the Leaf and NV200 – past World Car of the Year and International Van of the Year respectively – the e-NV200 is ready to change the conventional aspect of light commercial vehicle sector.

The high performance pure electric drivetrain from the Leaf will be used in the e-NV200, which is similar to the class leading cargo volume of the NV200, to promote a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods while producing neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution.

The e-NV200 is expected to go on sale globally this June as a van or as a five-seat carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises. Besides targeted at businesses, the e-NV200 will also appeal to users with large families.

Its homologated NEDC range (170km) is greater than the average 100km daily driving distance of fleets that utilise this class of van on a full charge, with the payload and cargo area remaining the same as the NV200s.

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The director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, Jean-Pierre Diernaz, said, “The proven and highly effective electric powertrain driving e-NV200 is ideally suited to the typical stop/start daily routine of a working vehicle.”

“With no exhaust nor noise pollution, the e-NV200 is environmentally and people friendly, while the lack of fatigue-inducing noise and vibration from the drivetrain coupled with the single-speed transmission will provide genuine benefits to every hard working delivery or taxi driver. Fleet operators, meanwhile, will love the low running costs,” he added.

The e-NV200 owes much to the Nissan Leaf with independent front suspension by MacPherson struts from the world’s best-selling EV.

A noticeable change is the lithium-ion battery which has been replaced to allow the e-NV200 to fit under the vehicle’s floor without compromising the cargo area.

The battery module is placed low in the vehicle under the load floor and is mounted in a reinforced zone for extra safety protection in the event of an impact.

New braking system with advanced regenerative capability that significantly takes advantage of the vehicle’s typical stop/start city driving modes, whilst hill start assist is fitted as standard, holding the vehicle for two seconds after the footbrake is released to allow smooth accelerating.

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