Nissan unveils electric mobile office e-NV200 concept
Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie to convert an electric e-NV200 van into a ‘mobile office’ – named the e-NV200 WORKSPACe.
This conversion features integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, mini fridge and a barista-quality coffee machine.
The e-NV200 WORKSPACe concept aims to highlight the customisable potential of the van, and reflect what desk-based employment could look like in the future as hot-desking and flexible working grows in popularity.
According to the results of the Global Co-working Survey carried out in 2015, the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces worldwide increased by 36% as small businesses and working professionals looked for increased mobility and a more cost-effective alternative to traditional city-centre office space.
Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, commented: “The e-NV200 WORKSPACe takes the ingenuity of our 100% electric van a step further and by enlisting the design expertise of Studio Hardie – renowned for its creative eco approach – the e-NV200 has been reimagined as an innovative, zero-emission working environment.
“With property prices in our capital cities at such a premium and the modern professional needing to be ever more mobile, businesses will need to think smart and consider what the workplace of the future looks like,” he added. “With hot-desking and remote working on the rise, it is not too big a leap to see a future where our vehicles will become connected, energy efficient, mobile workspaces and the e-NV200 WORKSPACe project could become more than just a concept.”
The e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be rapid charged from empty to 80% power in 30 minutes, and there is an internal mount for a folding Brompton Bike, allowing users to make short trips around the city or complete the ‘last mile’ of any journey as the vehicle charges.
William Hardie, founder of Studio Hardie, added: “Given the van’s green credentials we wanted to maximise the space with smart and considered features such as sustainably sourced materials and efficiently-powered technology. We believe the future of technology is a return to quality craftsmanship, so we’ve also looked to hone an environment that professionals will really enjoy working in. All the comfort and connectivity of a modern office, with a few surprising touches thrown in!”