Portsmouth Naval Base Received 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combis

8 months ago by Mark Kane 22

Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Naval Base Commander, alongside Nissan e-NV200 Combis

Nissan has completed one of its largest ever e-NV200 (all-electric van) order for the UK market.

Some 48 Nissan e-NV200s have now been delivered to the Portsmouth Naval Base, in a deal with BAE Systems  – who manages the site on behalf of the Royal Navy.

Electric cannon on the roof of Nissan e-NV200 Ultraman X in Japan

The deal is part of a plan to convert more than a third of BAE Systems’ vehicle fleet to Nissan’s e-NV200 Combis, an effort that will save £360,000 (~$437,000 USD) in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract.

Carbon dioxide emissions of the e-NV200s are about 40% less than current conventional vehicles.

In total, there are already around 2,000 e-NV200s on the road in the UK.

“The agreement, also in association with fleet management specialists Lex Autolease with whom Nissan and local dealership Yeomans Nissan Portsmouth have been working very closely, is aimed at creating a more modern and energy efficient Naval Base fit for the 21st century, a key goal for the Ministry of Defence.

And as part of the BAE System’s commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the site, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.”

Darren Payne, Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB), said:

“Nissan’s electric vehicle technology is cutting-edge, so it’s great synergy to be working closely with world renowned BAE Systems to help save energy and reduce emissions at Portsmouth’s historic naval base.

“Of course the other real bonus of operating Nissan electric vehicles are the ultra low-running costs, starting from as little as two pence per mile.”

Ian Anderton, integrated delivery director at BAE Systems, said:

“We have worked closely with Lex Autolease and Nissan to introduce this new fleet that makes a significant reduction to carbon dioxide emissions and respects our customers need for a value for money solution.

“The reduced emissions and fuel use by replacing nearly half of the fleet with Nissan electric vehicles would have a significant environmental impact on Portsmouth Naval Base.

“The arrival of such a large number of Nissan electric vehicles to support our activities at the Naval Base reiterates the company’s commitment to creating more energy efficient ways of working and adopting the latest technologies.”

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22 responses to "Portsmouth Naval Base Received 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combis"

  1. ffbj says:

    Is that the HMS Victory?

    1. ItsNotAboutMoney says:

      I’d say yes. Not because I absolutely recognize it, but because a Wikpedia image of the Victory is clearly at the same place:

      (Aside: I visited the HMS Victory when I very young. We had relatives who lived a couple of miles away.)

      1. ffbj says:


      2. JIMJFOX says:

        THE Her Majesty’s Ship?

      3. JIMJFOX says:

        Minus most of the rigging, sails & topmasts…
        Looks a little bit sad but has to be practical…

  2. William says:

    BAE Systems has facilities all over the coastal cities or California. How about Nissan rolling out a few dozen trial eNV200 vans, with Left hand drive, here in on the “Left Coast”? Nissan will quite probably drag their collective feet on any eNV200 rollout here in N.A.
    eNV200 deployment U.K.-OK / USA – N0 WAY!

    1. alohart says:

      Is the temperature of the battery pack in the NV200 actively managed? I don’t think so. If not, Nissan probably wouldn’t want NV200’s on the warmish U.S. West Coast for fear of more premature battery degradation and the associated negative publicity.

      1. speculawyer says:

        I think there is a small fan in the pack. That’s it.

  3. ClarksonCote says:

    Bummer, at first I thought you were talking about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the USA. Having these vans land stateside would’ve been some exciting news!

    1. Nick says:


      I had exactly the same thought!

      When I looked at the image, I was first surprised they had a ship flying the Union Jack in the background. 🙂

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Haha, yeah the flags gave me pause too. 😉

    2. I don’t expect that Nissan USA will bring the eNV200 to the USA until they have figured out a better battery management system, since they wouldn’t want a headline of Fleets pulling them out for failing batteries!

      Also, in North America, it seems we need longer range EV’s, due to general driving habits, and still poor DC Fast Charging Infrastructure, still for the CHAdeMO choices, and for sure for CCS still.

      1. Jeffrey Songster says:

        the eNV200 has some forced air conditioning battery cooling that the LEAF does not. Additionally the battery chemistry has improved from the days of early failures.

        1. speculawyer says:

          It is just a small fan in the pack. Probably not wise to sell it in desert southwest.

    3. JIMJFOX says:

      Yeh, the terminology is Naval Base (or Royal Dockyard) in UK.

  4. Henry Moseley says:

    We have a small fleet of utility electric vehicles here at US Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida. They are very useful and range is not a problem.

  5. unlucky says:

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  6. JIMJFOX says:

    Dumb question- why are ‘carbon emissions rated at -40%, -60% etc. Does this include emissions from the generating source?

  7. Anna Llewellyn says:

    I own an eNV200 as a 7 seater family car. I don’t understand why this article rated its carbon emissions at 40%. It has ZERO emissions just like the Leaf. As for the US market, it’s the range that’s stopping Nissan from selling it over there. It does around 95 miles on a charge. If you only use it to drive around locally, it’s an awesome vehicle.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      I suspect they are estimating the emissions of the fuel mix that will be used to charge them.

      Zero tailpipe emissions rarely means Zero emissions, unless you charge up using 100% renewable resources like wind and solar.

      1. Nick says:

        Such a silly double standard.

        ICE vehicles are rated by tailpipe emissions all the time.

        Refining oil frequently uses dirtier grid mixes (Texas burns brown coal to refine oil).

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          The standard used depends on what you’re trying to compare.

          When looking at the benefits of EV’s against ICE vehicles, to my knowledge almost every analysis includes refinery emissions, performing a full “well-to-wheels” comparison.