Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro10
Nissan e-NV200 Heading To Portland For Real World Testing
June 13th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Portland, Oregon is a city that has no problem experimenting with far-out and frankly weird ideas, though there’s nothing weird about Nissan’s new electric van. The Nissan e-NV200 will launch in Portland to research the viability of an electric van in the American commercial market.
Nissan will partner with Portland General Electric in a six-week trial that will put the Nissan e-NV200 through the paces of daily work life. Production of the electric van began in earnest in Barcelona last month, and Portland is one of the leading EV markets in America, making it the perfect place for a real-world test.
Portland and PGE will get a pair of vans to validate, through Nissan is also testing the e-NV200 with companies like FedEx in California, Georgia, and Washington D.C.. It seems Nissan hasn’t fully committed to the idea of bringing the electric van to America, though it is already slated to go on sale in Europe and Japan later this year.
With about the same range as the Nissan Leaf, which uses the same drivetrain, Nissan is probably worried that many companies drive farther than the e-NV200 would allow in a daily basis. However, Portland is also taking part in Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” scheme, which provides free EV charging at a number of charging stations across the city.
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