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Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Sales of Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Begin This October

June 10th, 2014 by  


The long-anticipated Nissan e-NV200 electric van will finally go on sale in Japan this October, before an anticipated global rollout. Using the same drivetrain as the Nissan Leaf but boasting a lot more cargo room, the e-NV200 is Nissan’s first attempt at an electric commercial vehicle.

Combining the electric drivetrain of the Leaf with the utility body of the NV200 was a no brainer for Nissan, but it also wasn’t easy. Despite pulling parts from two existing vehicles, the Nissan e-NV200 still requires about 30% unique parts to make it work. This includes a unique hydraulic brake system that improves regenerative braking, and the ability to manually set the batter level to ensure that electric van has enough juice for the ride home.

This is especially handy for contractors and small businesses, as the e-NV200 comes with two 100V outlets that can power a couple of tools at once. In addition to utily body, the e-NV200 will also come in 5 and 7-passenger configurations to help it serve as a taxi in places like New York City.

Production of the e-NV200 began in May in Barcelona, and it will be priced between ¥3,880,440 to ¥4,786,560, or about $37,800 and $46,700 when it hits Japanese dealerships in October.

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  • TedKidd

    Update on timeframe?

  • Karl Bloss

    Looking forward to the 7-seater left-hand drive passenger version with LEAF 2.0 battery options. Bring that to the US, Nissan, and I will sign on the dotted line today.

    • Kyle Field

      I’m hoping that we actually get the extended battery option for the leaf in the 2015 model…and that option is available (or maybe even standard?) on the e-nv200. I dont know that there would be much of a market for a van with only a 50-60mi range (assuming leaf battery performance with heavier chassis/less aerodynamic shape).

      • Ronald Brakels

        Kyle, 50 miles range is good for over two hours in city driving. (Or at least it is around here.) Not many local delivery vehicles do more than two hours driving before they return to base. When they return the vehicle can be fast charged or since companies generally have multiple vehicles the driver could switch to a fully charged one. If fifty or so miles range isn’t enough for some uses then it’s simply a matter of paying the extra expense for larger battery packs.

    • Hugo Hvidsten

      I can see two reasons why Nissan is not selling a 7 seat version of the e-NV200 in the US:
      1) They don’t want to… It’s just too risky for them, because it could become a big instant success, and they are not ready for that competition to their ICE vehicles yet.
      2) There is seemingly no interest in building a large QuickCharger network in the US (Except for Tesla, of course), and with a 7 seat minivan AND a good network of Chademo/CSS chargers there would simply be no need for many families to have more than one car – which would be electric 🙂

      • Bob_Wallace

        Nissan/Renault has done a lot to push EVs. More than any other established manufacturer.

        Your conspiracy theory is whacko.

        • Hugo Hvidsten

          That’s your honest opinion, Bob 🙂
          Personally I think Nissan want to quickly be able to ramp up EV production and model lineup when they have to, but at the moment they are happy to be positioned as a front runner in the upcoming EV market and at the same time make the most out of the enormous ICE vehicle market.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I think the EV market is held back by battery price. I’m not sure what Nissan could do to ramp up EV sales other than sell EVs at a loss and that doesn’t make a lot of sense.

            Battery price is determined most (apparently) by scale. Sales are low and growing slowly. It’s unreasonable to expect any one company to take a huge loss which would then benefit all their competitors.

            If we want EV battery prices to rise faster we have to purchase EVs in higher number. What we really need is for all countries that have the ability to subsidize EV purchases and grow the market. And we need individuals who can afford and make use of an EV to buy one.

          • Hugo Hvidsten

            You and I agree on this Bob, I just wanted to point out that a good QuickCharger network (Chademo/CSS) makes it easier for us all to buy the existing EVs. I live in Norway just now, where we have a reasonably good quick charging network already, and I am a happy owner of a Mitsubishi I-MIEV EV.

            I attach the fast charger map of Norway as it is today. Note that I have not included the Level2 or slower chargers in this picture, it’s only the DC chargers.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Hopefully we’ll see rapidly rising EV sales in the rest of Europe where fuel prices are so high and driving patterns are often shorter than in the US.

  • patb2009

    plug out inverter, that’s a big deal. Tradesmen will love that.

  • JamesWimberley

    Let’s hope Nissan hit the jackpot with this one. The ev value proposition is much clearer with vans and taxis, constrained to low urban mileages, than with ordinary cars where freedom to roam and go whee like Mr. Toad has always been a major selling point. The potential buyers have no interest in top speed and whee and a lot in low running costs.

    When there are significant numbers of electric cabs competing for rides, it will be interesting to see if there is a customer preference for electrics (for example, when a taxi is ordered by phone). If there is, adoption will speed up rapidly. Taxi owners hate downtime.

    • Calamity_Jean

      “The ev value proposition is much clearer with vans and taxis….”

      Certainly hybrids are popular as taxicabs, since they don’t idle while sitting in a taxi stand. Plug-ins maybe not so much, since the time they spend charging they don’t spend out on the street earning money. I see a lot of hybrid taxis where I live in Chicago Illinois USA.

      • Bob_Wallace

        China seems to be doing well with it’s BYD e6 taxis. They do a rapid recharge during driver meal breaks and stay on the road almost 24 hours a day. Their batteries seem to be holding up very well with close to 100% rapid recharging.

      • Ronald Brakels

        In Australia all taxis are either Priuses or LPG powered. Once electric vehicles are clear money savers when used as taxis it will result in a significant and rapid decrease in oil use as a large number of miles driven are switched to electricity and a large number of fuel efficient vehicles are pushed into the second hand market. While the first electric taxis in a city may be used almost 24 hours a day to make the most use of the capital, as Bob mentions below, overall taxi use here follows clear patterns that allows for charging during slow periods.

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