FedEx To Test Nissan e-NV200 All Electric Van in Yokohama
Fresh from an announcement that the 100 mile Nissan e-NV200 will be going into production in Barcelona in 2013 (for sale in Japan, US and Europe shortly thereafter), and already forecasted to be a commercial success, Nissan announced today that FedEx will be expanding its test of the e-NV200 over the next month in Yokohama, Japan.
“Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a test model e-NV200 to use as a delivery vehicle for approximately one month. Nissan will then evaluate the vehicle’s potential for the delivery of international air cargo. This will be the second test conducted with FedEx, following a similar trial in Europe during last winter.”
Prior to announcing production of the van, Nissan and FedEX had tested the electric van as a carrier vehicle in London, England. Data was then collected to see how the vehicles would actually being driven, with Nissan stressing, “…the importance that we capture the real-life data, speak to the driver, see how they use it and then that feeds back to the development cycle“, which apparently went well, as the project wasgiven the green light only five months later.
Nissan has also been testing the van with AEON Retail Co., Ltd. in Japan, British Gas in Europe.
While pricing has yet to be announced, hinting to the automotive industry suggests that it will have a starting commercial price around $35,000 for the cheapest 1 row business van model. Two other models will also be available; a 2 row combi, and a conventional 2 row/5 person variant. DC fast charging will be an available option on all three models, making it the first electric commercial van to offer 30 minute recharges.
Video of Nissan e-NV200:
Nissan’s e-NV200 microsite