Daily Archives: April 12, 2017

Nissan e-NV200 Returns Iconic Harrods Delivery Fleet To Its Early Electric Roots

Do you ever wonder what shape the world might be in if electric cars had not been replaced by gas cars so long ago?

It has been over 100 years after the legendary London department store Harrods first added an electric van to its fleet. Harrods is now returning to electric vehicle technology. The company has selected the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van as the latest addition to its delivery fleet.

Read more: Clean Technica

The Eco Tour Di Sicilia And Renault Zoe Help Put Italy’s Cultural Heritage Centre Stage

  • Renault signs partnership agreements with Sicily by Car and Enel, two prominent mobility players in Italy, to launch the Eco Tour di Sicilia
  • The first of its kind, the Eco Tour di Sicilia will showcase Sicily’s rich culture while protecting its environment by employing a fleet of 200 Renault ZOE

Renault today announced the signing of an exclusive partnership with Sicily by Car, a leading car rental company in Italy, and Enel, the country’s largest energy supplier, to roll out the Eco Tour di Sicilia. This initiative by Sicily by Car will make it possible to tour the whole of Sicily exclusively by electric car and will add 200 Renault ZOEs to Sicily by Car’s fleet.

The first of its kind in Italy and Europe, the Eco Tour di Sicilia aims to overcome the obstacles that hamper green mobility in Sicily, such as limited vehicle range or a lack of charging stations.

ZOE is currently the only mass-market electric car on the market to offer an NEDC range of 250 miles, equivalent to about 186 miles in real-world conditions. The eco-tour project will also deploy a network of charging stations on the island: up to 400 Enel chargers are to be installed in the region’s principal cities and along tourist itineraries. Residents will be able to use these public charging stations for their own electric vehicles. The opportunity to take a long road trip while enjoying regular access to charging points will bring unexplored freedom of movement to all-electric travel in both urban and rural settings.

Bernard Chrétien, CEO, Renault Italy said:

“By supporting e-mobility, we are enhancing and protecting the extraordinary natural, artistic and cultural heritage of which the Sicily region is such an excellent example.”

An electric vehicle is a zero-emissions[1] form of mobility and the ideal means of transport to fight the greenhouse effect responsible for global warming. Electric vehicles are also key to cleaner air and better health for city dwellers. And since they do not run on fossil fuels, they help drive the automobile industry’s energy transition.

Source: Groupe Renault

Is it Beyonce or the Flying Scotsman?

Cycling home last night I saw a bunch of amateur paparazzi standing by the road, cameras poised. I stopped and asked “Who’s coming? Is it Beyonce?”. A lady pointed to the train line on the bridge and said “No – the Flying Scotsman is due here in about 2 mins”.

Well, that seemed well worth waiting for so I spent a few minutes chatting to the very friendly train spotters. As it came past, I grabbed a quick video of it zipping through to the right, then eclipsed by a modern electric zipping through to the left. Impressive speed, but smaller than I imagined.

Coincidentally or not, on the radio this morning (Today program on R4) I heard a spokesman talking about trying to re-introduce steam into the current rail network. An interesting idea, but hard to see how it could easily be achieved without burning fossil fuels, so on the opposite path to a more more renewable based electric society.

Nissan e-NV200 beats Renault Kangoo ZE in electric van sales in Europe

The Renault-Nissan Alliance continues to lead all other automakers globally in sales of battery-electric cars.

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in history, while the Renault Zoe now leads the European market for cars with plugs.

But Renault-Nissan’s electric-vehicle dominance isn’t limited to passenger cars.

Nissan says its e-NV200 was the best-selling electric van in Europe in 2016, beating the Renault Kangoo ZE, among others.

Nissan e-NV200

The e-NV200 is essentially an NV200 small van with a Leaf powertrain.

While the standard NV200 is sold in the U.S.—and even serves as the basis for New York City’s

“Taxi of Tomorrow”

—the e-NV200 is not available in North America despite years of fleet testing with various companies, including Federal Express.

The electric van has been sold in Japan and Europe for several years, both in a cargo configuration and a passenger version that often sees use as a taxi.

Nissan e-nv200, Taxi’s in Barcelona

While no major manufacturer currently offers electric vans in the U.S., buyers in Europe have multiple choices.

Alongside the Kangoo ZE, Renault recently added a larger Master ZE electric van to its lineup.

Like the e-NV200, both Renault models are electric versions of vans previously sold with internal-combustion powertrains.

Volkswagen also plans to launch an all-electric version of its Crafter commercial van—called the e-Crafter—in Europe this year.

Read more: Green Car Reports