Within its first on the market, the Nissan e-NV200 USA has been a cargo van, an MPV with five seats in Europe, a New York City taxi cab, a freakish cab in London and on its days off, the vehicle wears a Chevy bow tie. The latest version is not slowing down either. Originally debuted approximately two years ago in at the Detroit Auto Show, this new generation has been updated with Leaf hardware.
Nissan e-NV200 Engine
Leaf’s powertrain caused Nissan to reshape its 24-KWh lithium-ion battery pack to fit underneath the floor that is flat without any intrusion or cargo volume deductions versus the NV200 that is gas powered. According to Nissan, the battery’s lower center of gravity coupled with structural reinforcements protect it in the event of impact while increasing torsional rigidity of 20% over the regular van. The electric engine is 80-kW and bundles a 6.6kW charger onboard and power inverter into a single unit saves for more aggressive regenerative braking and Nissan e-NV200 contends that the vehicle will return a greater efficiency.
The latest generation is promised to deliver a more expedient acceleration, but the official times have yet to be released. The automotive giant estimates a 106 mile range of test cycles in Europe. The grille of the four cylinder engine is sealed with a body-colored, solid front fascia along with a central charging port.
Nissan e-NV200 Design
The LED accent lamps are blue tinted and the vehicle can be equipped with optional with toned aluminum wheels and tail lamp lenses that are clear. The above lists the extinct of the changes to the exterior of the vehicle.
The interior of the vehicle hosts a more upright stance, a black-trimmed center stack, automatic climate control, push button start and more. The instrument cluster has been made all-digital, plus there is a monochrome battery level display and a color round central speedometer. Nissan has stated that it will continue to offer, for the e-NV200, the Japanese CHAdeMO standard which promises a 30 minute charge that will produce an 80% charge.
Prototypes of the Nissan van has been tested in Japan and Europe since the year that it debuted and production of the vehicle is said to have begun in late 2014 within Barcelona. Thus far, Nissan has not formally made plans to release the vehicle within the United States. Nissan does have two electric vans that are currently making their rounds about the United States on short-term loans. One of which is in Washington D.C. working as a FedEx vehicle.
Nissan has made the decision to localize EV and battery production in Smyrna, Tennessee; therefore a great deal of industry experts contend that the Nissan e-NV200 will be arriving on U.S. soil sooner than later.
Nissan e-NV200 Price
As of October 2014, the vehicle went on sale in Japan. The pricing of the vehicle has been priced between 3,880,440 to 4,786,560 yen or about $37,800 to $46,700. Many are still anticipating the announcement by Nissan that its electrically powered van will be available to sale in the United States. The commercial uses of the vehicle would be a great asset to various industries within the country. As of now, the wait must continue.