Nissan EVs: E-Taxi Debuts, E-Delivery Van Under Development
The automaker launched the e-NV200 electric taxi yesterday in Barcelona. The vehicle will also be introduced in other big cities around the world and will begin production in 2014 in Barcelona.
Nissan and Barcelona also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles as taxis and delivery vehicles by improving the quick charging network and looking at a range of privileges for zero-emission operators. Nissan will contribute to installation of the necessary charging infrastructure for the city by providing CHAdeMO quick chargers. Barcelona City Hall and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona will install the quick chargers across the city to create a network for taxi drivers and others. These quick charger are part of the more than 1,200 planned to be installed across Europe by March 2014.
The e-NV200 will be manufactured at the factory located in Barcelona from mid-2014 with an investment of 100 million euros ($132.61 million) and will create more than 700 new jobs, the carmaker says. The factory will be the single global manufacturing plant for the e-NV200 and vehicles will be exported worldwide.
The e-NV200 is the second vehicle to be introduced to Nissan’s lineup of zero-emission vehicles. It’s based on Nissan’s NV200 van, which is also built in Barcelona. The new zero-emission model combines the architecture of the NV200 with the electric drivetrain from the Nissan Leaf.
Also this week, Nissan announced it is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero-emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van, scheduled for launch in 2014.
The company has been working with several large commercial fleets in global markets since 2011 to understand how the e-NV200 test van performs under real operating conditions. It says the e-NV200 has received positive comments for its quiet, comfortable driving with no emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction and generous carrying capacity.
The delivery van includes an advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. Nissan says its running cost “will be highly attractive” to companies.
The company is further expanding its EV technology into the commercial vehicle market with its e-NT400, a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan. The zero-emission, 100 percent electric e-NT400, still in its development phase but with plans for production under study, uses Nissan LEAF running gear.
Like e-NV200, e-NT400 would be able to enter city areas denied to conventional vehicles powered by diesel or petrol engines, while its near-silent running means it could operate around the clock as it creates no noise or emission nuisance.
The company says low running costs would make e-NT400 a “breakthrough business proposition,” while the high-output, high-capacity lithium-ion battery powering the 80 kW electric motor gives smooth, vibration-free acceleration.
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