Enjoy A Coke, As Delivered By Nissan’s Upcoming e-NV200 Electric Van (video)

5 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 6

In Japan, Companies Are Expected To Be Good Stewards Of The Country’s Daytime Electrical Grid

Nissan and Coke signed a “co-operative agreement” a couple months ago to test out Nissan’s upcoming all electric, 70-odd mile (expected) van in a very specific usage pattern in Japan.   No day charging.

Coca-Cola e-NV200 Electric Van: It’s the real thing

The testing of the prototype vans with Coca-Cola is apparently to ascertain if the vehicle can functional as a regional delivery unit that only has charging available overnight.   For Japan, not using power during the day has become a real focus of the government as electric power is sometimes in tight supply.

“Our aim from this trial is not just to reduce the CO2 we are responsible for,” said Yukihiko Nakamura from Coca-Cola Japan. “After the earthquake in Northern Japan, there is a big demand in society for what is called ‘peak shift.’ That is to reduce the consumption of electricity during the day time. We wanted to investigate the challenges we face when we try to achieve these two goals. By borrowing Nissan’s prototype EV we can examine it in detail.”

Nissan says their van delivers superior quietness and acceleration over regular internal combustion utility vans, and that of course it excels at both being efficient, cheap to operate and emits no C02.

Nissan e-NV200 Prototype Interior

Despite this particular van being part of a prototype/test fleet, the e-NV200 has already been approved for production and even now the assembly line is being prepared in Barcelona, Spain for pre-production assembly to start likely in the spring.   Deliveries of the van (both in Europe and the US) have been pegged for late in 2013, and today Nissan reiterated that the 24 kWh van will launch by 2014.

Despite this particular test being centered around not charging during the day, perhaps the most highly anticipated feature of Nissan’s electric van is the fact it will be equipped with the ability to fast charge, giving owners a full charge in about 30 minutes.  Perfect for high mileage company vehicles and local deliveries.

No exact pricing or spec have yet been issued by Nissan, but it is thought to likely start around $35,000 (USD) and will come in three versions.  A one row business van model, a two row combi, and a conventional 2 row/5 person passenger van.

Badly Needed Right Now In The Electric Utility Vehicle Segment – Fast Charging (at least when it comes to the US)

“Many customers have a plan, or a commitment, for the environment,” said Hideyuki Tateno, Nissan’s deputy chief vehicle engineer on the project.  This vehicle will make it real to reduce CO2. I am confident that in the future this electric van will be running around the world.”

 

You Could Fit A Lot More Coca-Cola In Here Than In A LEAF

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6 responses to "Enjoy A Coke, As Delivered By Nissan’s Upcoming e-NV200 Electric Van (video)"

  1. Brian says:

    Quick charging seems quite contrary to not charging during the day. Unless of course the van is mostly used at night.

    If Nissan is serious about lasting an entire day without charging, they need to be serious about offering a larger battery pack, not faster charging!

    1. Roy_H says:

      Um, what on earth makes you think this article is about faster charging?
      If you read the article, it is a study to find out if a 70 mile range is sufficient for one whole day delivering Coke-a-Cola, every day in all traffic conditions.

      1. Brian says:

        “Despite this particular test being centered around not charging during the day, perhaps the most highly anticipated feature of Nissan’s electric van is the fact it will be equipped with the ability to fast charge, giving owners a full charge in about 30 minutes. Perfect for high mileage company vehicles and local deliveries.”

        I never said the article was about fast charging. It’s seems to be about charging only at night (like you said – is 70 miles enough for a day). However, the comment about the fast charge being the “most highly anticipated feature” flies in the face of this goal. Fast charging is useless if you’re only driving by day and charging by night. What we really would like to see is an option for a larger battery in these cases. Who cares if it takes 6 hours to charge instead of 4 (with the 6kW charger), if it can go 100 miles instead of 70. Especially if that’s the difference between charging during the day or only at night.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Japan sure does have a ‘peak power’ problem. And a life-threatening Radiation Problem from the ongoing Fukushima Disaster (the worst industrial accident of all time).

    They are down to 2 Nuke plants from 52, so the loss of 50 big power plants all at once most ashuredly has caused them to watch their peak day time summer demands.

  3. bruce dp says:

    People, what is great is that this larger version of the Leaf in a van platform is now out of the R&D lab and on the streets soon to be marketed to the public. That means it can have many buying public uses: family-mobile, airport-hotel guest-transporter, van for small local businesses: florist, repairman van, private-school kid-mobile/student-transporter, and many more. The most interesting for me, is getting the take-care-of-the-kids parent (not always the Mom these days) out of the petrol guzzling SUV and into a nil-maintenance quiet van. Lastly, for those Californians (which tend to be on the tall-side) who had a hard time fitting in a Leaf, the van will accommodate the larger physical presence that God gave them 🙂
    (more tall, larger people driving Electric).

    As another posted, this piece is not about level-3 quick-charging. And to those non-electric driving pontiffs that want to, the U.S. does not have Japan’s ancient grid problem. There are properly designed for and installed L3 EVSE all over the West, with Leaf and iMiev suckling them anytime they need. The off-topic is moot:
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