With political pressure building to curb emissions from urban transport, Nissan is confident its longer-range e-NV200 van can provide an answer.
Nissan is targeting the booming ‘last-miles’ urban delivery market with its new increased-range e-NV200.
The mid-size, zero-emission-at-source electric van has sold 15,000 units across Europe since officially going on sale in 2014, but with its new beefed-up battery version – from 24kWh to 40kWh – its range capability has improved by 60%, from 110 miles to 174 miles on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), so the Japanese brand is now hoping to make a bigger splash. Even on the new more real-world Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the e-NV200 still records a claimed 125-mile combined figure and 188 miles for the city, which is useful for its intended stomping ground.
Unsurprisingly, then, Nissan’s UK managing director Alex Smith is excited about the enhanced e-NV200’s prospects in this growing market – largely created by internet shopping and quicker delivery offers – but he also acknowledged that this boom is attracting serious political attention for its associated emissions increases.
“A third of all LCV journeys are made in urban areas, but 90-95% are currently made with diesel engines,” he explained. “We’d like more to use electric motors. With the average LCV covering 13,000 miles per annum – equating to 50 miles per working day – urban deliveries can absolutely be made with an e-NV200. With running costs on average four times cheaper than diesel and lower service, maintenance and repair too, it’s an environmental and economic win.”