Currently in test fleets across the globe, early reports on the Nissan e-NV200 are positive from both fleet operators, and the people driving the vans themselves. One of those fleet testers is energy firm British Gas. They’ve announced that they hope to make a large proportion of its 13,000 vehicle fleet electric by 2015. If tests continue to go well, many of those may be Nissan eNV200 electric vans.
Nissan is happy with the test results, particularly with cold weather testing during this past UK winter.
Colin Marriott, fleet manager at British Gas says “We have been very impressed with all elements of the Nissan eNV200. After our month long test in 2012 which went well the cold weather testing was vitally important to establish the van’s characteristics in real life working conditions.”
The eNV200 is largely based on the regular NV200 delivery can, but instead of a gasoline or diesel engine, it has the running gear from a Nissan Leaf. Although final specs aren’t yet available, the Nissan Leaf uses a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an 80 kW electric motor. Since the NV200 is larger than the Leaf, range is likely shorter. However, even despite the cold UK test temperatures reaching as low as 10 degrees F, the eNV200 electric van has impress all concerned.