After years of anticipation and build-up to this summer/fall’s release, it sounds like Nissan is getting cold feet about the electric van market in North America.
In a recent article on Automotive News, Nissan’s Cheif Planning Officer Andy Palmer said the e-NV200 is undergoing trial runs with US and Canadian fleet customers.
“The question is the distance and, of course, the charging infrastructure. We still think it’s appropriate, but we haven’t made a decision yet whether to go with the e-NV.”
According to Palmer, initial introductions in Europe and Japan make more sense because of the shorter runs that delivery trucks typically make, and Japan has a well-developed charging infrastructure.
The e-NV200 will go on sale in Japan in October, priced between 3.88 million yen ($37,900) and 4.79 million yen ($46,700). Nissan aims to sell 500 units a month in Japan, where it qualifies for up to 850,000 yen ($8,295) in incentives.
On the Nissan e-NV200 forum, it looks like deliveries of the electric van are already under way in some European countries.