Nissan e-NV200 Vs VW e-Crafter In Epic Electric Van Race: Video


We can’t even imagine what unique electric vehicle race is next on the “to do” list.

EV aficionado and popular YouTuber Bjørn Nyland has really outdone himself this time. To be honest, that probably really depends on your interests and how you look at it. Not long ago, we published Nyland’s road trip race between a Nissan LEAF and Volkswagen e-Golf across wintry Norway. He alerted us that there were more similar “races” to come. While these are not your typical races, they are the epitome of real-world EV testing.

This latest edition puts Nissan and Volkswagen head to head yet again. However, Nyland has dialed up the utility considerably. We’re talking about a race between two electric vans: the Nissan e-NV200 and Volkswagen e-Crafter. While the e-Crafter is super thirsty, the e-NV200 may suffer from Rapidgate, so it’s an interesting matchup for sure.

Travel takes place in Norway, from the IKEA in Furuset to a gas station in Koppang. The 221-km (137-mile) course should take about three hours in normal conditions, plus charging stops. One can only assume that it will take much, much longer in these beasts.

Check out the video to see how it all plays out. Then, leave us a comment to start some conversation.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

Race between e-NV200 and e-Crafter

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11 Comments on "Nissan e-NV200 Vs VW e-Crafter In Epic Electric Van Race: Video"

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Long story short, dropping the VW e-Golfs 35.8 kWh battery directly into a full size van yielded a top speed of 56mph and absolutely terrible range, and it Rapidgated worse than the Nissan. Also the charging port on the VW is in a very stupid location, like face palm stupid. I suppose it’s better than the normal VW electrified vaporware since it actually exists but yeah… try harder VW.

I belive the battery situation will be better when they can use the new EU rules that let EVs weigh more then a normal ICE van, and still be able to drive it on a normal class B. . . until then, it it probably not worth the money they have to invest to make changes to this model. In 2 years time. . I think we will see vans from at least 3-4 brands that use the new rules.
Until then, they have at least a van to sell..

Criticism is cheap. Where are the other electric vans of this class which are so much better? eNV200 is tiny and plays in a different league. StreetScooter has an interesting offer. By the way, all of these vehicles are meant for inner city short range delivery. For this purpose they exactly deliver what logistics companies need, they don’t need long ranges or sub 3 second 0-60

Renault Master ZE. Same size as VW E-Crafter. Renault did a similar simple conversion using battery and drive train from Renault Kangoo ZE, but different reduction gear. The made it possible to launch the van quick, but range and power is similar restriced like E-Crafter.

I think the Nissan has the biggest batteries/range of the ten available EV vans in Europe. They are are all short haul delivery vans. Will the Kangoo get a battery upgrade to 40kWh?

The StreetScooter WORK and WORK L vehicles have also 40kWh batteries and the WORK XL starts with a 76kWh battery.
So the range of nealy 200km but of course realistic winter ranges are approx. 120 to 140 km with the 40 kWh batteries.

More banana box cargo space is not always better, especially when the Norwegian #rapidgate race is on.

sure, but then racing is maybe also not the main purpose of vans 🙂

Will probably not be a huge problem, since these vehicles will be used for inner city transportation, and will normally only reach 50-60km/h. . and can trickle charge a lot of the places they park. In some cities they will be the only cargo vehicles that are allowed to transport goods. We have a few panel vans at work that is electric, and the users charge them a bit while parked outside their customers, while they carry goods to the correct location. Then they do the “paper”work on the computer, disconnect the charger and continue on their way to the next customer. We have a few of the Nissans here, a few Peugeot and Renault panel vans (small), and they do the job. The range limit require some changes on how things are done. The new Renaults have no problem with range. Later we will probably buy some larger panel vans, and also more small vans with a longer range. Pretty soon, we might have 70% electric vans.. the last 30% might be hard since they drive really long distances (usually they are in operation 15-16 hours a day) and there is no electric van with a range that can… Read more »

We strongly believe you should begin manufacturing and selling the eNV200 in North America.
Your Titan trucks can help subsidize it.
It would be good advertising for Nissan as well.
I would volunteer to test it out in my electrical business.

A bloke and his van – as faithful as Hillary was to Bill