If you could take the electric vehicle technology that runs the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, and put it into a larger package, the result would be the Nissan e-NV200 pure electric delivery van, debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
With all the focus on super-luxury cars at the Geneva Motor Show, stuff that we’ll never get to even look at (curse your unworthy eyes) or sit in (have you ever sat in the buttery-soft leather seats of a Maserati?), it’s nice to see some more practical things, such as electric vehicles. Now, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle is a small one, the Nissan Leaf. Probably the only reason that Tesla Model S isn’t up there is because of its price-tag and low production numbers, yet demand consistently outstrips production. Still, both of these vehicles aren’t up to the task of, say, mail delivery or such. Enter the Nissan e-NV200.
Nissan took the strengths of two great vehicles, mashed them together in the idea-box, and the result is a great-looking delivery van that generates zero emissions. The Nissan e-NV200 is built on the same chassis as the ever-popular Nissan NV200, which has been in use by delivery companies worldwide. Now, with an all-electric powertrain, fleet owners can reduce fueling costs and emissions, without sacrificing cargo capacity or speed.
At the 84th Annual Geneva Motor Show, the Nissan e-NV200 made its debut, and will start production for worldwide markets by June, 2014. The power supply, the same 24 kWh capacity as built into the Nissan Leaf, gives the e-NV200 an estimated range of 106 miles, which Nissan estimates is greater than most people driving the conventional NV200 currently drive. Switching to an all-electric delivery van won’t require any sacrifice, aside from slightly higher upfront costs, which will be easily made up in refueling / recharging savings.
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