Nissan announced today that they will be putting an all electric, compact van into production in its Barcelona plant for 2013.
"...the e-NV200 will become (the company's) second all-electric vehicle (EV) following the launch of the multi-award winning Nissan LEAF in 2010, underlining Nissan's long-term commitment to zero emission mobility."
At its core, the e-NV200 is a LEAF, using the same laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion battery, and 80kW (207 pound-feet of torque) electric motor, which, according to Nissan, will yield almost the exact same range (100ish miles/72 EPA), despite its much less aerodynamic profile.
The design of the vehicle is clearly unique to itself, but also lends itself to Nissan's zero emission family, sporting a very familiar front fascia to that of the LEAF.
Nissan envisions the vehicle to have both public and commercial value, especially in metro/city centers.
The new Barcelona plant will bring on 700 new hires to produce the e-NV200, and will be supplied with batteries from Nissan's new Sunderland battery facility.
Andy Palmer, Nissan Executive Vice President, said:
"The (e-NV200) will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally powered compact van, but with zero CO2 emission at the point of use and provides outstanding driving experience that is unique to EV's. Crucially, it will also offer class-leading running and maintenance costs which makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition to both businesses and families."
And yes, it will be available in North America. No word on pricing as of press time.