Nissan Examines The Future Of Working With e-NV200 WORKSPACe Mobile Office
Nissan is spending its time waiting to officially unveil a newly upgraded LEAF (we hope) by building concept EVs. The latest one is the e-NV200 WORKSPACe, created with design workshop Studio Hardie.
It’s called the world’s first all-electric mobile office…and its nicer than ours.
Frankly it’s not a terribly outlandish idea, especially considering that the number of “hot-desking” spaces worldwide increased by 36% last year.
(And yes, we had to wiki the term hot-desking to understand what Nissan was on about)
With the e-NV200 office van, small businesses and working professionals can now go to various areas and meet with customers directly while still having their own touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, mini fridge and of course a barista-quality coffee machine in tow.
And at the end of the day, it’s still an all-electric van with a 24 kWh battery and a 30-minute charging option using CHAdeMO (well, you should be able to charge and work at the same time maybe).
Hopefully we will see at least the new-ish 30 kWh (and even larger) battery options arrive soon for the e-NV200, and we imagine our North America readers might also like to have the option to buy one…with or without the office included. (more hipster-pics below)
“The e-NV200 WORKSPACe concept not only highlights the customisable potential of its electric van, it paints a picture of what desk-based employment could look like in the future as hot-desking and flexible working grows in popularity across the globe. Moreover, the one-off vehicle also provides an example of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, and the company’s view of how the relationship between vehicles and people are changing.
During 20151, the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces worldwide increased by 36 percent as small businesses and working professionals looked for increased mobility and a more cost-effective alternative to traditional city-centre office space.
With electric vehicles costing as little as €0.03 per kilometre4 to run, the e-NV200 WORKSPACe offers a cost-effective desk space solution allowing users to work for free in some city-centres that offer free EV charging bays, or escape the city altogether for the countryside or coastal fresh air.”
“The e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be rapid charged from empty to 80 percent power in just 30 minutes, and for those times when you want to leave the office parked and charging up, there’s an internal mount for a folding Brompton Bike, allowing users to make short trips around the city or complete the ‘last mile’ of any journey.”
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said:
“The Nissan e-NV200 is already a smart, sustainable transport solution for forward-thinking businesses, making it the ideal vehicle to be used as the basis for a mobile work place. The e-NV200 WORKSPACe takes the ingenuity of our 100 percent electric van a step further and by enlisting the design expertise of Studio Hardie – renowned for its creative eco approach – the e-NV200 has been reimagined as an innovative, zero-emission working environment.
“With property prices in our capital cities at such a premium and the modern professional needing to be ever more mobile, businesses will need to think smart and consider what the workplace of the future looks like. With hot-desking and remote working on the rise, it is not too big a leap to see a future where our vehicles will become connected, energy efficient, mobile workspaces and the e-NV200 WORKSPACe project could become more than just a concept.”
William Hardie, celebrated UK-based designer and founder of Studio Hardie, said:
“We specialise in creating amazing spaces in unexpected places, but we’ve never done anything in an electric vehicle before.
“Given the van’s green credentials we wanted to maximise the space with smart and considered features such as sustainably sourced materials and efficiently-powered technology. We believe the future of technology is a return to quality craftsmanship, so we’ve also looked to hone an environment that professionals will really enjoy working in. All the comfort and connectivity of a modern office, with a few surprising touches thrown in!”
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3Rent per sq.m/year – http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/research-and-insight/2016/dna-of-real-estate-q2-2016/
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4€0.03 per kilometre is based on the e-NV200, (i) overnight electricity costs and (ii) a range of up to 106 miles per full charge (assuming 95% efficiency). Actual consumption and range may vary due to driving style, road condition, air conditioning and other factors
5Actual consumption and range may vary due to driving style, road condition, air-conditioning and other factors outside our control. Fuel costs relate solely to the cost of the electricity used to charge the e-NV200 and take no account of any other costs associated with running/owning the vehicle