FedEx Express to test electric Nissan e-NV200 van in Japan
The global delivery company, which recently announced it would extend its global EV fleet by 87 vehicles, has already tested the e-NV200 in London, and said widespread use of low-carbon transport had resulted in to a 16.6% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 2005.
Masamichi Ujiie, regional vice president, North Pacific, FedEx Express, said: ‘Since 2005 our goal has been to make our vehicle fleet 20% more fuel efficient by 2020. FedEx is gradually shifting its delivery fleet to more efficient vehicles and increasing its investment in all-electric and alternative drivetrain vehicles.’
Nissan’s e-NV200 test fleet has been providing the manufacturer with real-world data from all over the world. FedEx is the third company to test the vehicle in Japan, following a two-month trial with the Japan Postal Service last July and supermarket chain AEON which completed its trial last month. Nissan has also carried out a trial with British Gas from their headquarters in the UK.
Series production of the e-NV200 is scheduled for the 2013 financial year, and will be based at Nissan’s factory in Barcelona alongside the conventional NV200 van. New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has already expressed an interest in making the e-NV200 a part of the taxi fleet, joining the NV200 which was last year named Taxi of Tomorrow for the City.