Range boost for Nissan e-NV200
Nissan has revealed a new longer-range e-NV200 van thanks to the use of new battery tech.
Unveiled at the Nissan Futures 3.0 event in Oslo, Norway, the upgraded e-NV200 – which will be available to order before the end of 2017 – features a new 40kWh battery that gives the vehicle an extra 62 miles of range, pushing the total to 174 miles – an increase of 60% – subject to final homologation. The upgrade in the battery comes without any increase in size, crucially meaning there’s no impact on load space or payload.
Nissan said the increased range further opens up the vehicle’s potential for businesses and professional drivers everywhere.
Gareth Dunsmore, electric vehicle director, Nissan Europe, said: “With its longer range and excellent cargo capacity, the new e-NV200 is the perfect last-mile delivery solution for urban deliveries and collections. Given the huge impact that business deliveries/collections and professional drivers have on air quality and traffic congestion, especially in city centres, helping cut the level of CO2 emissions they create is a vital part of creating a more sustainable future.”
The unveiling of the e-NV200 comes as Nissan also launched a new fast charger for fleets and business owners. The 22kW charger enables fleet drivers to charge Nissan electric vehicles in two hours, without the cost or supply upgrades of installing a rapid charger.
The solution forms part of its new 2018 range of home and office charging units, which also include a Nissan double speed 7kW home charger allows Nissan electric vehicle owners to achieve 100% charge in 5.5 hours. The outgoing LEAF could take a maximum 6kW charge in an AC supply.
Other significant announcements made at the event include a UK collaboration with emerging firm OVO that will enable customers to purchase an xStorage home energy unit at a discounted price, enabling them to ‘sell’ back energy to the grid – not only helping to offset grid demand issues but also expected to result in an additional expected income for users averaging £350 per year.
Nissan also gave the European premiere of the new LEAF, with a special ‘2.ZERO’ version for Europe.
And Nissan also used the event to springboard plans to expand its existing outdoor charging network by 20% over the next 18 months. The company has already installed more than 4600 quick chargers across the region. Nissan now plans to invest in supporting the installation of a further 1,000 chargers over the next 18 months.