Nissan e-NV200 Featured In Fully Charged

JUL 12 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200 is featured in the Fully Charged series.

The e-NV200 comes directly from Spain, where the Japanese automaker has the only manufacturing facility for this model.

Robert Llewellyn seems to be aware that we were waiting for this episode for nearly a month and says he’s working hard to release more videos with the ultimate goal of one per week.

Returning to the Nissan e-NV200, we already know that the first batch were registered in Europe in June, but ramp-up probably will be typically EV slow and even Japan will wait for its version for several months.

“An update on the progress for Fully Charged and a very nice drive in the Nissan e NV200, an electric van with the same drivetrain as the Nissan LEAF.”

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I am surprised Nissan didn’t put a larger battery in this van. Obviously the larger vehicle footprint should mean there is more space for a larger battery.

More space, sure, but any commercial vehicle seeks to maximise load carrying capacity, and batteries are heavy.

Of course you could overcome that limitation by sticking in still more batteries, but then you are talking about beefing up the suspension, the power of the engine, and on and on.

Nowhere is cost more important than in commercial vehicles, so they don’t want to go down that route.

Better to accept range restrictions.

The alternative which is being looked at by Renault and La Poste is to use a fuel cell range extender, which is a more weight efficient alternative with present batteries.

Rodrigo Henriques Negreiros Magalhaes

What I believe is more urgent is to reduce the weight of the vehicles. Both the Leaf and the e-NV200 are made with steel. If they were made with aluminum (as the Tesla Model S) or better, with carbon fiber (as the BMW i3), the battery pack could be bigger and the load capacity the same as the gasoline version.

DMurry, I agree. The suspension is already beefed up and no issue with where to put the extra battery. Of course battery weight will reduce the payload but it’s still a compelling candidate for 50% + more battery, especially in passenger version.

The suspension will be beefed up to exactly the degree required for its present weight and authorised load.
If you want to put in more batteries and increase their weight you either reduce the load or beef up everything.

Vans tend to want as much load carrying capacity as possible, so they have not traded that for more range.

When (if ever) will the e-NV200 be sold in the US?

The e-NV200 has been confirmed to be heading to the US…and while there has been no dates for the released scheduled; its going to be later in 2015, mostly likely as a 2016 MY.

(Apparently everything really good in the plug-in business for the US really gets going in the 2nd half of 2015, lol)

Will this be on sale in the UK? If so when and what price range?

How do they expect these to sell if they don’t advertise them on tv, radio, newspapers, billboards etc.
Put some adverts on tv and these will sell like hot cakes in Central London with its exemption from the congestion charge.