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Nissan points to expanded EV van range at Tokyo


Nissan has hinted at a broader range of electric commercial vehicles with a new refrigerated e-NV200 concept.

Shown for the first time at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show, the e-NV200 is based on the current small commercial model but adds a refrigeration system to the load compartment which is powered by a separate 12kWh battery pack, leaving the 24kWh drivetrain battery unaffected. Nissan says the concept’s size and efficiency means it has the capability to deliver chilled produce into urban centres.

“The e-NV200 Fridge Concept will create huge value for commercial users – generating more business, as well as reducing the cost of ownership,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of the Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit. “With zero emissions, it’ll be perfect for busy urban environments where larger vehicles are often prohibited.”

Although only a concept at this stage, the production e-NV200 is one of the most popular electric commercial vehicles in Europe and Nissan already offers a refrigeration conversion for the standard vehicle. Nissan also displayed its Paramedic concept on the stand which has a conventional combustion engine but uses a lightweight 1.6kWh battery pack to drive life-support systems in emergency situations in remote areas.