Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van; this vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van, Nissan said. When e-NV200 production begins it will become Nissan's second zero-emission vehicle, following the Nissan LEAF. The 100 percent electric compact van is scheduled for launch in 2014.
The company has been working with several large commercial fleets in global markets since 2011 to understand how the e-NV200 test car performs under real operating conditions. So far the e-NV200 has received positive comments for its quiet, comfortable driving with no emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction, and generous carrying capacity.
The company is already investigating further innovative ways to harness its electric vehicle (EV) technology in the commercial vehicle market with the e-NT400, which is a light truck based on the European NT400 Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan. Like e-NV200, e-NT400 would be able to enter city areas denied to conventional vehicles powered by diesel or petrol engines, while its near-silent running means it could operate around the clock as it creates no noise and is not detered by emissions regulations.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine