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Published on September 19th, 2013 | by Important Media Cross-Post


Nissan To Launch Electric Delivery Van Next Year

September 19th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Gas2.
By Christopher DeMorro.


While Nissan has reportedly invested over a billion dollars into electric vehicles, so far the Nissan Leaf is the only model they’re selling. But come next year, the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van is set to go into production, and it could have big implications for commercial fleet owners.

The Nissan e-NV200, which debuted at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, is basically a Nissan Leaf with the body of a van. The e-NV200 has the same 110-horsepower electric motor and 24 kWh battery pack, though it is likely less aerodynamic and heavier than the Leaf, which will affect the range. But for local business owners with drivers who never stray far from home, the e-NV200 could drastically cut the costs of doing business, though it probably won’t get much more than 70 miles per charge if you factor in a full payload.

This is the first commercial electric vehicle from Nissan (unless you count the NYC Leaf taxicabs), and its best chance of success is in Europe, where fuel prices are often over $8.00 a gallon. Not only that, but many European governments offer generous tax incentives and grants to buy electric vehicles. That said, this is Nissan’s second delay for e-NV200 production.

Though Nissan Leaf sales have really started to surge, the Japanese automaker could hit a serious sweet spot with commercial EV sales. Though the mass market for commuter EVs hasn’t exactly caught fire, commercial electric vehicles could arrive at a time when gas prices are climbing upwards and concerns about global oil consumption looming.

Nissan plans to follow up the e-NV200 with the NT400-based box truck with Leaf’s electric motor but 87 miles of range, about 20% more than the Leaf. If the commercial EV market takes off, Nissan will be ready to pounce.

Source: Nissan

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  • NRG4All

    In our area when mailpersons deliver mail they pull up to the curb, shut down the engine, get out of the vehicle and deliver our mail. Than after only a few seconds they start gas vehicle and go about 150 feet and repeat the process at our next door neighbor’s. That seemed like an ideal use of an electric vehicle so I asked our mailman about how many miles per day does he travel. I was expecting some large number around 100 miles, give or take. He said that he travels only about 8 miles per day from the post office, up and down our streets and back to the post office.
    What a wonderful use of an EV. We just need Congress to realize that the lowest initial cost for mail jeeps is not the lowest cost if they consider EVs for the same job.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Here’s an interesting history of the USPS and electric vehicles going back to 1899.

      Seems like they’ve tried them from time to time but have not yet found good solutions. I suspect that’s going to change over the next few years.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    It is sad that Nissan did not put larger battery into van. With 40 kWh battery this would be very good product for the imago practical of EVs. 70 miles effective transportation range is sometimes too little and it may cause some range anxiety.

    Larger battery means longer lifespan for the battery. Companies probably appreciate this when they calculate ROI.

    • Ronald Brakels

      A 70 mile range will certainly not suit some purposes, but this van is designed for Japan where there is a multitude of small delivery vehicles making short trips at low speeds through narrow streets. Some businesses will find 70 miles enough range for a day while others will have vans parked at the business for a considerable amount of time during the day allowing them to be charged up, while a big business can have their own fast charger and and multiple vehicles allowing a driver to plug in a van that’s low on charge and then hop into a van with a full charge. Vehicles with longer range will be needed in the future, but 70 miles is still a good start.

      • Jouni Valkonen

        Nissan should introduce 24 kWh, 48 kWh and 72 kWh versions.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Don’t you think Nissan did a lot of market research and calculated the best combination of range and selling price?

          You are shooting from the hip. They’ve got money in the game.

          • Jouni Valkonen

            some how I do not believe Nissan’s market research after seeing Tesla’s stock price that is fast approaching Nissan’s market value.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Tesla’s price is very speculative. I would suspect most people are hoping to get a piece of the next Microsoft, not paying a reasonable price for the present value of the company.

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