Nissan Brings The e-NV200 Electric Van Testing To The US For The First Time

JAN 23 2014 BY JAY COLE 18

Nissan has announced that they are bringing their all electric e-NV200 to the United States for testing for the very first time.

Nissan e-NV200 Made An Appearance At The Tokyo Motor Show This Year

Nissan e-NV200 Made An Appearance At The Tokyo Motor Show This Year

And before we get into all the corporate verbage about this fleet trial, we would like a moment to speak directly to anyone from Nissan who happens to be reading this:

We don’t need anymore global testing of this platform, just start shipping them already!    Sidenote while we are at it: We are good for small, limited range passenger EVs!

Moving on.

Nissan says that it will be working with FedEx Express to test out the e-NV200 under “real world conditions” in Washington D.C.  As for deployment, FedEx says it will be rotating Nissan’s electric van (which is based on the LEAF) into its delivery fleet as part of their “EarthSmart” program.

“FedEx will deploy the Nissan e-NV200 in the Washington, D.C. area, where it will undergo field tests that subject it to the routine requirements of a delivery vehicle. The results will be used to help determine the viability of using an electric vehicle in this role in the U.S. Nissan e-NV200 is scheduled to begin mass production later this year in Europe.”

An Electric Vehicle With Some Real Cargo Capacity (Will Be Available In Both Passenger And Commercial Variations)

An Electric Vehicle With Some Real Cargo Capacity (Will Be Available In Both Passenger And Commercial Variations)

The e-NV200 will begin production at Nissan’s Barcelona, Spain plant over the summer with first deliveries happening in Japan this year, then the UK shortly thereafter.

“We’re eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial consumer,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “We’d also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use.”

Current e-NV200’s are based on the first generation LEAF platform and are reported to have an all electric range of about 70 miles.  Additionally, all the test vehicles are equipped with DC fast charging, giving the e-NV200 the ability to get an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.

Nissan has committed to marketing the van globally, but deliveries to the United States are not expect until early next year.  Separately, Nissan is currently testing 28 e-NV200s in the UK with British Gas (video of that trial below).

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18 Comments on "Nissan Brings The e-NV200 Electric Van Testing To The US For The First Time"

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Yeah that EV version feels like bait and switch bs.

Are they postponing a big roll out, because the battery pack of the leaf will be enhanced next year…

Will be enhanced this year and next year. Production will start after new battery is ready this year.

Source for this?

If in fact,”Nissan has committed to marketing the van globally”, how about doing a field trial in a location that is not a developed country and might present some challenges with say, a tropical climate and hilly terain? I, for one would be more than willing to be their guinea pig but, I’m sure the Kingston, Jamaica office of Federal Express would be a great place to do a tropical climate, developing country trial. They would definately get some very useful feedback.

On another note, the drivetrain has been out in the wild now for just over three years. How much more testing does it need?

Loads for use in real world applications on routes delivery vehicles actually run on.
The reason for this is that the battery pack is completely inadequate for this sort of application, and the chemistry does not even like being fast charged.
BYDs big lithium Iron phosphate packs are far better suited.

I’d seriously consider buying this – if they do sell a non-commercial version.

It would be foolish of Nissan to not include 5 or 7 seats with the e-NV200 as the standard car gets in Europe. The only EV family van is the Renault Kangoo Z.E. and that’s limited to an outdated 3.3kW charger. I’d say if official range is preserved on the e-NV200 as well as price if production costs aren’t too high by importing them in from Spain, it’s something I’d call a little marvel as it’ll serve the needs of middle class families who can afford those expensive Toyota Siennas, SUVs or any expensive 7 seater! Whatever the LEAF could do, this could serve a lot more, It’ll give the Prius V what for! The Prius V (not +) only has 5 seats, unfortunately the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV only has 5 seats and so too will Volvo’s XC90 PHEV as both have inverters and a motor between the rear wheels and boot floor. With the Model X as the only confirmed 7 seater, the e-NV200 will be in a very comfy position. It will be the car of what the Prius V should have been, an alternatively powered 7 seater. If there’ll be one, I’d be happy to hear if… Read more »

Disregard what I said before, the concept at least is a 5 seater only vehicle. So it will get heated competition from Volvo, Mitsubishi and Toyota. At least you can now hope for its release.

The e-NV200 is going to initially be made in 3 trim levels, one of which is a 2 row combi (so 5 seat passenger edition)

I’m looking for a 5 seater with high seating (that’s all my wife wants) – and enough room at the back for strollers & grocery & …

Possible 7 seater would be even better, if the 3rd row can be folded flat.

Well, its definitely a lot higher. But no plans out of Spain to do that third row/7 passenger that you see in the regular NV200 Combi (AFAIK unless something has changed)

Sounds like the Taxi edition has added flexible seating arrangement: … With a 36 kWh pack (a true 100 mile range in most conditions) I believe eNV200 will be a high volume EV (for both commercial and non-commercial use).

I’m all for it! Here in Los Angeles’ South Bay my local FedEx truck is already a 100% electric. Driver does not know who the Manufacturer is but it is the same size as the typical dual rear wheel box van they use. J1772 plug equipped, driver says he was skeptical but now loves it and hopes they don’t take it from him.

Completely agree with the article about not needing more real world limited testing. Nissan is just way too cautious about shipping product. These tests always show electric vehicles exceed expectations in the right applications. When it has a product to sell, Nissan seems to stand still and wait for some competitors products to catch up rather than just sell the good products they have.

It would be great if Nissan added more power if they introduce the eNV200 to US market. And some extra range will not hurt.

The extra power will be useful in some cases, and the light foot range should not change.

“Current e-NV200′s are based on the first generation LEAF platform”, I don’t know. I’ve seen pictures of what’s under the e-NV200’s hood, the FedEx one as pictured. The inverter didn’t looks like a camshaft that the 2011-12 LEAFs had. the e-NV200 had the 2013 LEAF’s detailed inverter that looked like barbeque, but the van had the badge missing on it. Call me redundant and stupid, but is there any harm to say that the trial e-NV200s also had the new LEAFs drivetrain over the past two years. I remember Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield talking about how she spotted these vans at a Nissan dealer in the UK, but she wasn’t allowed to open the bonnet after requesting it.

’13 Leaf is still considered 1st gen Leaf.