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Nissan e-NV200 on a charge

Combining the best of two multi-award winning vehicles – Nissan LEAF and Nissan NV200 – the innovative Nissan e-NV200 is set to cement the company’s position as the global leader in zero-emission mobility when production starts in 2013 financial year.

Although still officially a concept vehicle, the e-NV200 panel van being given its world premiere at the Hanover Motor Show gives a clear indication of the distinctive style and, more significantly, the technical make-up of the final production vehicle.

Its sophisticated all-electric drivetrain is based on the advanced laminated lithium-ion battery and electric motor that powers Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle in history.

As well as delivering a range and performance  comparable to Nissan LEAF, it means e-NV200 operators will be able to recharge the battery of their vans to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes thanks to its Quick Charge capability, thus ensuring minimal down time – vital for a working vehicle. It will also be much cheaper to operate with lower fuel costs and reduced regular maintenance.

What’s more, e-NV200 will be able to harness the energy stored in its battery to power electric tools and equipment up to 6,000W… a suitably equipped e-NV200 could, for example, become a mobile restaurant at outdoor events, a mobile workshop, etc.

Thanks to clever packaging of the compact batteries under the load space floor – a location that also helps to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity – e-NV200 maintains exactly the same carrying capacity as the conventional NV200.

Despite its compact overall dimensions, e-NV200 will have a class leading and highly practical load volume of 4.2m3 with the capability of carrying two standard Euro pallets between the rear wheel arches while the 2m cargo length means it can carry 20 standard Euro boxes. Its modest width, however, will allow e-NV200 to squeeze through crowded city streets more easily.

Silent, zero-emission power is supplied by a lithium-ion battery made up of 48 compact modules and a highly responsive 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 280Nm of torque. The motor delivers all that torque from a standstill, providing instant acceleration and smooth running.