Nissan e-NV200 in Final Development Phase; Second Battery-Electric Commercial Vehicle e-NT400 in Queue?

4 years ago by Mark Kane 13

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van

Nissan confirmed that its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van for urban delivery applications, will hit the market early next year.

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After few years of prototype trials, the e-NV200 is now in final development phase before production. It will be equipped with Nissan LEAF powertrain and made out of Barcelona, Spain this fall.

According to the Japanese company e-NV200 has received positive comments from large commercial fleets for its quiet, comfortable driving, along with no tailpipe emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction, and generous carrying capacity.

Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. stated:

“The e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutant emissions at the point of use. What’s more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs. e-NV200 represents a bold and innovative addition to our commercial vehicle range, which is already one of the broadest of any manufacturer,”

Nissan e-NT400

Nissan e-NT400

What is also interesting, is Nissan’s decision to study production plans of the e-NT400, a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan. This vehicle is now in the development phase – without production confirmation, but who knows…

“Like e-NV200, e-NT400 would be able to enter city areas denied to conventional vehicles powered by diesel or petrol engines, while its near-silent running means it could operate around the clock as it creates no noise or emission nuisance.

Low running costs would make e-NT400 a breakthrough business proposition, while the high output, high capacity lithium-ion battery powering the 80kW electric motor gives smooth, vibration-free acceleration for a completely unprecedented driving experience.

With a cruising range of 87 miles (140 kilometers) in NEDC mode, and the availability of fully integrated Quick Charging potential – allowing the battery to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 60 minutes – the e-NT400 has the potential to make a serious contribution to lowering CO2 emission in cities. At the same time, it will increase productivity and lower running costs for operators.”

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13 responses to "Nissan e-NV200 in Final Development Phase; Second Battery-Electric Commercial Vehicle e-NT400 in Queue?"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    Re the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas:

    Is this a Nissan manufactured vehicle? or is Nissan just modifying someone elses truck?

  2. Josh says:

    “With a cruising range of 87 miles (140 kilometers) in NEDC mode, and the availability of fully integrated Quick Charging potential – allowing the battery to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 60 minutes”

    Any word on the pack size in the new dev vehicle? That description doesn’t sound like the 24 kWh pack. Could be a tip off to the LE or 2nd gen LEAF pack size.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I don’t think you are talking next gen…at least right now. For the e-NT400 right now there is a “double LEAF” pack – 48 kWhs being tested.

      1. Dave R says:

        Yeah, I suspected a “double LEAF” pack given the 80% charge in 60 minutes figure. Fleets could charge up at lunch time to nearly double their range.

      2. Ydnas7 says:

        i thought it was a triple leaf pack, ie 72 kWh

        1. Ydnas7 says:

          ATLAS F24 Power Supply Truck is the triple pack variant

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Leaf NEDC is 120 miles. So 87 miles NEDC for the NV200 seems about right. Expect EPA to be _much_ lower.

  3. Bonaire says:

    Why aren’t others making nice sized BEV vans like the 200? Would help boost output for the (now on hold) LG Chem or A123 plant in Michigan.

    1. oluf says:

      look to France! Renault Kangoo and Peugeot Partner is availabel as EV’s

  4. Ocean Railroader says:

    What I’m wondering about is will they make a passenger van version of this in that vans are very popular in my area and this might be a good thing for people to put their kids in and go shopping in. Also could their be the small possibility that if this car is the size of a regular van with Nissan leaf motor in it and can go 87 miles on a charge. If the regular Nissan leaf can go 75 on a charge then they might be putting in a 30 kilowatt battery pack.

    1. alohart says:

      I believe that the Leaf’s 75 mile range is an EPA, not an NEDC rating. EPA range ratings are considerably less than NEDC range ratings, so the e-NV200’s EPA range rating would likely be considerably less than that of the Leaf. So that suggests to me that the e-NV200 uses the 24 kWh Leaf battery pack.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        Yes.

        87*75/120 = 54 3/8 miles

        However, as long as the van were used in an urban/sururban environment with climate comfortably in heat pump range, that 54 would be easily achievable.

  5. zilm says:

    what size is it? I saw atlas 150 today, it’s damn too small for 2 leaf packs