Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Nears Production, Panel Version Debuts

5 years ago by Jay Cole 8

Nissan e-NV200 Makes World Premiere

Between the writing staff here at InsideEVs, we have tested a lot of electric vehicles.  A lot.  And we are excited about this one.

2014 Nissan e-NV200 – Passenger Edition

To be fair, we are not sure if it is just the fact this electric vehicle is ‘not a car,‘ or that fact it can double as a really good, fast charging, commercial van, as well as a passenger van that has us unreasonably excited about its arrival.

The e-NV200 will be the second of four electric vehicles announced by Nissan to actually reach mass production.

The e-NV200 combines the advanced powertrain of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF with the size, versatility, and practicality of the petrol based NV200 multi-purpose compact van.

While world premiering the panel van iteration of the e-NV200 at the Hanover Motor Show, Nissan said the electric van has successfully completed prototype testing around the world.  Nissan had test fleets in operation with FedEX and AEON in Japan, British Gas in London.  The company is now officially putting it into production in 2013.

Part Of The Reason We Feel The e-NV200 Is Great In Commercial Applications-DC Fast Charging

As well as delivering a range and performance  comparable to Nissan LEAF, it means e-NV200 operators will be able to recharge the battery of their vans to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes thanks to its Quick Charge capability.  This ensures minimal down time, which is essential for a working vehicle. It will also be much cheaper to operate with lower fuel costs and reduced regular maintenance.

Like the very expensive EREV work trucks from VIA (VTRUX Silverado) and Quantum (F150 PHEV) the e-NV200 is able to harness the energy stored in its battery to power electric tools and equipment up to 6,000W, but at less than half the MSRP price.  Nissan states that “a suitably equipped e-NV200 could, for example, become a mobile restaurant at outdoor events, a mobile workshop, etc.”

Nissan e-NV200 Interior

The 24 kWh compact battery is housed under the load space floor, which also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity, while giving the utility van all of the “class leading load volume” (4.2 cu m) of the standard petrol model.  Real world electric range is estimated at 70 miles.

“The arrival of a practical and, more to the point, realistic zero-emission delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life but thanks to low running costs will also help ease the economic burdens placed on companies,” said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, head of the Global LCV Business Unit.

Now We Are Talking About Some Usable Space In An EV

Production will begin out of Barcelona Spain, likely in the spring of 2013 and will be sold in all of Nissan’s major markets.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but Nissan has dropped hints like nobody’s business that leads us to believe the panel van you see here today (and will be near identical in production trim according to the company) will sticker at about $35,000 for the 1 row business van model.  Two other models will also be available; a 2 row combi, and a conventional 2 row/5 person variant.

On a personal note, and retaining a conventional business delivery van myself that chews up about $700 worth of gas every month, this vehicle can’t come soon enough.  I don’t even care that it retains all the questionable “eye of the beholder” looks from its LEAF roots.  I just want to stop buying gas.

It is for that reason (fiscal common sense), that we feel the Nissan e-NV200 is one of the best new plug-in offerings for 2013, and are excited to see it delivering both packages and people on North American roads next year.   Hopefully its success paves the way to more “non car” electric vehicle applications in the future.

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8 responses to "Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Nears Production, Panel Version Debuts"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    I love it.
    Fast charging AND an outlet (or outlets 110 and 220) for 6000watts of power tools. That’s a pretty good chunk of power!

  2. Jason says:

    Really interested in getting this van whenever they put it on sale. I think anybody who does local deliveries and has trucks would be interested in getting this.

    Even the family passenger van is a big step up from most of the EVS now.

  3. vdiv says:

    Well, at the MDVolt.org meetup Mark brought a Ford Transit Connect slider that was converted to EV by Azure Dynamics (http://www.azuredynamics.com/), but the price tag was close to double that of the e-NV200.

    On one hand it is good to see competition and the prices becoming more agreeable, on the other I am not sure we want the big boys to scare the little ones away just yet.

    (MOD EDIT: Made photoes viewable on site and less gigantic…holy cow vdiv, turn that resolution down, lol)null

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Shame Azure went under and they have stopped making the Transit Connect, but might have been coming anyway. Very hard to make a conversion make sense, even if it has the whole market to itself.

      The lack of fast charging on the Connect Electric was a real big drawback if you are trying to sell this as a commercial vehicle. You are looking at a useful/reliable range of maybe 100 miles over the course of a day trying to get by on L2, If you are running ‘city’ errands back and forth, you are practically limitless on L3.

    2. vdiv says:

      Heheheh, I only supplied the links, Barry snapped and uploaded the photos.

      It is a shame, this van looked like a great product, just very expensive.

  4. Gary says:

    Jay, two quick questions. The $35000 price tag – is that before US Federal incentive? And, any mention of thermal management for the battery pack – or similar (i.e. nonexistent) like the 2011-2012 Leaf?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      HowDee Gary, the $35,000 is pre-rebate on the panel/1 row you see above. There has been no official word of course on the pricing ranges for the 3 models, but it has been pretty much telestrated where Nissan wants the price to start out at.

      The test fleet of taxis that run in New York have no thermal management, nor does this panel van they have just debuted, and of the pre-production concept they are showing (and pictured above) doesn’t, Nissan also says this:

      “Although still officially a concept vehicle, the e-NV200 panel van being given its world premiere at the Hanover Motor Show gives a clear indication of the distinctive style and, more significantly, the technical make-up of the final production vehicle”

      So I’m going to go with 98% sure it doesn’t

  5. Bill Howland says:

    Seems gReat!! Jay, does this have the 2013 style liquid cooled battery?