Nissan Officially Welcomes e-NV200 & Combi Electric Vans To Electric Car Stable Headed By LEAF

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 32

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Nissan Is Now Promoting e-NV200 & Combi Along With The Nissan LEAF

Officially, Nissan hasn’t committed to selling either the e-NV200 or e-NV200 Combi in the U.S., but there have been some hints that the electric van might be available here soon.

While it’s difficult to decipher what’s meant from the Facebook post seen above, we think Nissan is now beginning to promote e-NV200 in advance of an announcement of its more widespread availability.  At least, that’s what we hope.

The Nissan Electric Facebook page is largely made up of U.S.-specific info/posts, so seeing the announcement above leads us to believe that we’ll perhaps learn something official in regards to U.S. availability of e-NV200 soon.

We have recently made contact with Nissan about the possibility of the e-NV200 being added to the US lineup, and Nissan confirmed that they are currently evaluating that decision right now, with some electric vans being now made available to larger fleet customers for a feasibility study.

If e-NV200 was available in the U.S., would you consider it over the LEAF?

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32 responses to "Nissan Officially Welcomes e-NV200 & Combi Electric Vans To Electric Car Stable Headed By LEAF"

  1. David Murray says:

    I wonder how much demand there is for the e-NV200?

    1. DanCar says:

      The current e-nv200 has a top speed of 75mph and an EPA range of 7? miles, so I doubt it will appeal to many. If they make current e-nv200 available to fleet buyers, then that would mean next gen Leaf is indeed a ways off.

      1. Kamran says:

        Would make great Postal Vehicles. All they need to do is import the right hand drive models from the UK and make a few minor federal changes.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          +1. A Spark EV would make a great postal vehicle too.

          Better yet, when Honda takes back all their Fit EV’s to be crushed at the end of lease, they should strike an agreement to provide to the USPS instead. That would be an environmental win-win.

          1. Londo Bell says:

            A Spark EV won’t cut it. Same can be said about Fit EV. The Soul EV and RAV4 EV are the only ones that can make it.

            Current postal vehicles (majority of them) are extended version of Jeep Wiley from the turn of last century. The cargo area is actually quite large, even for the older/smaller version of the postal vehicle.

            1. billfrac says:

              Actually, many of the low to the curb postal vehicles were Grumman bodies over 1990’s Chevrolet S-10 truck bodies, some of them made right here in Central Pennsylvania at that time. Too bad Grumman and Chevy lost that contract, especially for my area. Electrics like these and the Soul EV would be great. I’m a Chevy guy but have always loved the Soul for some odd reason!

  2. Speculawyer says:

    FINALLY!

    Now provide us an option for a larger battery! It can’t be that hard. Even if it is just bumping it up to 30 or 36KWH, that could help a lot.

    1. Assaf says:

      +1.

      With our 5-person+dog family, love of camping, occasional family visitors and my wife’s hauling needs, a 100-120 mile range Combi with removable 3rd seat would be far preferable over the Leaf for us.

      1. ArkansasVolt says:

        I would love to drive the 3rd row version of the Combi

      2. Gsned57 says:

        How about offering a poptop camper version too? That would be awesome

        1. Robert says:

          That would be great: A Zero Emission Nissan ‘Vanagon’ – and if with 125 – 150 miles range – could be a winner with the camping crowd! Bring it on!

          Or, if they could give it a 1,000 Lb tow capacity…!

    2. Gregory Lemieux says:

      +1

  3. Just_chris says:

    7 seater all electric at a reasonable price is another market segment that needs to be filled, not the biggest or most exciting but still needs to be filled x

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      I very strongly agree.

      I would LOVE to lease an e-NV200, assuming there’s not too much of a price increase over a Leaf.

      1. Daniel says:

        The cost of leasing the eNV200 here in Sweden is the same as leasing the Leaf, which is about 345 USD.

  4. bitguru says:

    What’s the difference between “Combi” and “eNV200”? Is it merely a trim line thing?

    1. Londo Bell says:

      Combi is really a made-up term for “COMBInation” of passengers and goods, i.e. mixed use. Otherwise, the e-NV200 comes with 2 standard seats.

      For US, definitely need 7 seats (i.e. no Prius V 5 seating crap!!!!). As I’ve stated before in other posts, the “NV200” USDM is an extended version of the JDM/EUDM NV200. Thus, if the same logic is being applied, i.e. US e-NV200 is derived from the US NV200, then there’s definitely room for more battery (space). Hopefully good enough for 150 mi real world distance.

      That’s all it really needs. Sure, 300 mi is great, but I ain’t gonna pay over $70K+ (possibly significant “+” here) for a van…

      More QC Chademo charging station along the freeway, and it’ll make the e-NV200 a long distance family van!

      And DEFINTELY A PERFECT VEHICLE FOR THOSE SURFBOARDS in Hawaii!!!

  5. Anon says:

    Nissan needs to make an SUV Leaf Crossover. Instead of Carp Mouth, we can call it– “PufferFish”. 😉

    No, seriously. When it the Zoe and (hopefully) more attractive next gen Leaf coming???

  6. Scramjett says:

    As good as I think this will be, I won’t be getting any passenger variants, 5- or 7-seat (if available). Even if they were to come up with a larger battery with between 100 – 200 miles. The reason is that there is no QC infrastructure like what Tesla has. Right now, the limiting factor to trips and traveling with high range EVs is limited or no QC infrastructure. That needs to be solved before I’d consider anything other than a Tesla.

    1. Londo Bell says:

      @ Scramjett,

      You do understand that when you purchase a Tesla with supercharger capability, you are actually paying part of the installation charge and equipment fees for those chargers, right? And when Tesla starts charging for the use of those chargers, that’s something you will also have to pay.

      When you purchase any other EVs out there right now, you get to use those chargers – quite a number of them – completely free of charge. Zip. Nada. Nil. No installation charge. No permit charge. Nothing. Unfortunately, there are more and more in which you need to pay for the usage (by the minutes or hours). Nevertheless, you don’t have to pay a penny for installation or whatever fixed cost when purchasing/leasing an EV, whether you use any public charger, especially if you don’t.

      Let’s put it this way. A QC (Nissan brand) is about $10K, the last I remember. Installation and what not, say, $5K/charger? You install 5 of these on the route that you mostly use, that’s $75K? Plus the estimate cost of e-NV200 (assume $40K?). That’s about the price of a Tesla base, no? You get more space, and cargo room, more tax incentives ($ back), and more revenue back to you if you start charging the others to use those chargers, especially if they are on popular routes…now you got the range of a Tesla, but much larger useable space, and much less in operation/ownership cost.

      Problem solves.

      1. Nick says:

        Tesla has indicated that the Super chargers are free for the life of the vehicle to encourage long distance travel.

  7. James says:

    What a great addition here in the ‘States! I can think of thousands of small business owners and larger fleets that would greatly benefit from this clean, small van that is truly one-of-a-kind!

  8. Jim Bo says:

    Bring It! More battery would be most welcome

  9. Ken says:

    They can bring it over here right now and ill be the first one to order one. I want just the two seater cargo version. My electric motorcycle will fit inside perfectly! I don’t need a bigger battery either. I managed to put 64,000 miles on my 2012 Leaf in 2.5 years before it got wrecked. And it didn’t have a Chademo port. And ive got 5,000 miles on my 2015 Leaf already. Are you listening Nissan? Sell me one now!

  10. Gibber says:

    I love the that the A/C is used to cool the battery for more frequent, more efficient DCQC sessions, this one feature would see me choose it over the LEAF.

  11. Dave says:

    I own a 2011 Leaf in Phoenix, and I would definitely purchase a 7 seat Combi if/when they go on sale here. It’s about time someone sells a 7 seat electric van in the US.

    1. Robert says:

      If Nissan can show this vehicle manages battery life better in hot climates, you might be on one of the earlier States to have one for sale!

      I think the 2 seat version makes a great aftermarket camper conversion vehicle! As well as a mobile business office, work truck, portable micro factory, engineering support vehicle, and more!

      A 7 seat variant could be a small School Bus, Taxi, Airport Shuttle, Car Pool vehicle extraordinare!

      Even if it were $40,000, it would offer more value in those roles, than almost any other EV, and for the right application of daily mileage, and infrastructure, even better value than ICE competition!

    2. storky says:

      I still drive my 2001 Toyota Prius because no manufacturers released a hybrid minivan in the US.

      I was encouraged when the Toyota Alphard hybrid minivan was introduced in 2002, but it never made it to the states.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Alphard

      The E-NV200 offers new hope, but I was disappointed Nissan did not even preview the gas version at the Chicago Auto Show.

  12. storky says:

    There are not many vehicles that can accept my 6’5″, 270# frame, but the Leaf can. However, it is too tight for me, my wife and four mutts totaling 200#.

    I think the E-NV200 in a passenger van configuration would best suit our situation. Moreover, with the considerably larger cargo space behind the rear seat, we could shop for groceries AND pet supplies in the same trip.

  13. Bonaire says:

    Have you seen this?

    http://www.nissanusa.com/future-and-concept-vehicles/taxi-of-tomorrow

    Why the heck can’t they do this with the e-NV200 and utilize a clean fleet (or partial fleet) some day? Would be a perfect use of an EV. For a Manhattan-zone only, a charge could last 4-5 hours with 30 minute 80% recharges. Would need a pretty sizable recharge station setup to keep a few hundred going 24×7.

  14. Jeff Songster says:

    Very hopeful that the e-NV200 comes out soon with a 7 seat option, RV option, and the best battery they can come up with by that time. 30 to 36kWh would be slick.
    The camper that a british company made looked awesome. 120 to 150 miles of range would be nice. Looking forward to the next couple years of products.