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News and reviews of Nissan electric vans (including plug-in hybrids).

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Do you ever wonder what shape the world might be in if electric cars had not been replaced by gas cars so long ago?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

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

New fleet of electric cars contribute to energy efficiency at Portsmouth Naval Base

Portsmouth Naval Base will be welcoming a fleet of a different kind this week with the arrival of the first batch of 48 electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to support the Royal Navy’s operations at the base.

The electric vehicles have been ordered by BAE Systems on behalf of the Naval Base Commander as part of his commitment to investing in green energy on the naval base. The vehicles will be used by BAE Systems’ personnel to transfer stores, engineering and load-lifting equipment from warehouses within the Naval Base.

Nissan e-NV200 at Portsmouth Naval Base (image: BAE Systems)

The all-electric Nissan vans will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the naval base’s vehicle fleet by around 40 per cent.

The agreement, which also includes 59 standard diesel vehicles, will save the Ministry of Defence (MOD) an estimated £360,000 in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract, which runs for two years with an option to extend into a third.

To support the new electric fleet and as part of BAE Systems’ commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the naval base, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.

BAE Systems’ agreement with Nissan and fleet management specialists Lex Autolease reiterates the company’s commitment to delivering value for money. It also supports the MOD’s drive to create a more modern and energy-efficient naval base, equipped with innovative technology, fit for the 21st century.

Nissan, e-NV200. Company guide (image BAE systems)

Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome the addition of these 48 electrical cars to our fleet in the naval base. It’s great for the Royal Navy, great for Portsmouth and great for the environment.”

Read more: BAE Systems

Nissan e-NV200 Combi 2016 review – Car Keys

If you thought electric cars have become a bit commonplace, how does the idea of an electric van strike you?

Meet Nissan’s e-NV200, an all-electric van that uses a modified version of the same powertrain as the best-selling Nissan LEAF, but with all the practicality of a much larger vehicle.

With seven seats, a surprisingly entertaining drive and running costs that cost as little as just 2p per mile, the e-NV200 certainly looks attractive on paper, so what’s it like in the metal?

Nissan e-NV200 Combi adapted for wheelchair accessibility

Vehicle dealership Vic Young (South Shields) has adapted a fully-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi to offer full wheelchair accessibility.

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Electric Vehicle Evolution (EVE) is based on the Nissan e-NV200 Combi, which has been customised by Northern Truck Bodies (NTB), the company’s specialist on-site conversion arm.

The conversion includes a vehicle ramp system, to ensure that the wheelchair user can access the vehicle with ease. EVE’s five standard passenger seats are retained even while a wheelchair user is on board.

Vic Young, managing director at NTB and Vic Young, said:

“EVE is an innovative and forward-thinking concept which meets the demands of service providers as it is a multi-purpose vehicle suitable for all passengers including those with reduced mobility.

“I have witnessed on many occasions how awkward it is for, say a taxi driver, to assist a passenger with mobility requirements to enter and exit a vehicle.

“Our concept eliminates this problem and once the wheelchair user enters the vehicle they will then travel on a low, flat floor, ensuring a high level of comfort for the passenger.

“We are confident that the EVE Nissan e-NV200 Combi will make a major impact in the region.”

The vehicle is aimed in particular at service providers including taxi firms, care homes, local authorities and charities.

Source: Commercial Fleet

Nissan passes electric taxi milestone

Nissan is heading the electric vehicle revolution with more than 550 electric taxis now on the road in Europe.

During 2015 alone, over 100 electric vehicles were delivered to taxi companies across Europe and growth of the electric taxi market looks set to continue, as its popularity has started to take hold in Eastern Europe. Budapest company Green Lite Taxi has purchased 65 Nissan LEAFs in a bid to become Hungary’s largest zero emission fleet. To power its pioneering franchise, the company has installed seven quick chargers within the city.

C&C Taxis’s Nissan e-NV200 Combi
C&C Taxis’s Nissan e-NV200 Combi

In Estonia, it has been reported that a Nissan LEAF owned by taxi company, Elektritakso, has clocked up over 218,000 kilometres (135,459 miles) on its original battery pack, showcasing the high quality and reliability of Nissan’s electric vehicle range.

Nissan electric vehicles – which include the Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200, a passenger and light commercial vehicle – are becoming increasingly popular among European taxi businesses, with the Netherlands and the UK topping Nissan’s e-taxi league table, followed by Estonia, Hungary and Germany…

Taxi Electric in Amsterdam was the first private taxi service to switch to a fleet of 100 percent electric taxis in November 2011. Since then, others from across Europe have joined the revolution, with the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 now being used by taxi businesses in Stockholm, Prague, Barcelona and Rome.

Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, said: “We are so proud to be announcing this all-important milestone. Nissan has already delivered 30 percent more e-taxis this year than in 2014 and this figure is constantly increasing, as more taxi companies realise the benefits of becoming 100 percent electric.”

Source: ITS International

Call for charging point road signs

  • Nissan and Ecotricity join forces to call for official EV charging point road signage
  • There are more than 9,000 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, but still no official signage
  • Campaign calls on government to take action and raise awareness of UK EV infrastructure
  • Latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) stats reveal over 11,500 all electric Nissan LEAFs have been sold since its launch in early 2011

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London, 22 September 2015 – Nissan, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF, and Ecotricity, who operate Europe’s biggest and most comprehensive rapid charging network, the Electric Highway, have today called on the UK government to introduce official road signage for the UK’s growing number of standard and rapid EV charging points.

Despite there being more than 9,000 EV charging points nationwide, there is still no official, recognisable signage available to direct motorists to them – even though there are official signs for “migratory toad crossings”, of which there are only 140 across the UK.

Nissan and Ecotricity claim the time is right for the new UK Government to take action and raise awareness of the UK’s EV infrastructure by introducing universal symbols that can be used to designate the different types of EV charging points available on Britain’s roadways, notably standard and rapid chargers.

The campaign will be calling on key influencers in the motoring and sustainability sector to share their views on the UK’s electric vehicle charging network in order to encourage the Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles to take action.

Speaking at the campaign launch, Jim Wright, Managing Director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, explained:

“At Nissan we believe that all electric driving offers a number of benefits to UK motorists and should be made accessible to all. That is why we have partnered with Ecotricity to call on the new Government to give electric vehicles the prominence they now deserve and introduce official signage for charging points across the UK.”

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said:

“Both the cars and the infrastructure are in place to support the electric car revolution in Britain – there are Electric Highway pumps at almost every motorway services, while companies like Nissan are developing top quality electric cars.

“It’s time to introduce charging point road signs in Britain – they’ll provide necessary direction for the thousands of electric car drivers in Britain as well as increasing public awareness that the infrastructure is ready for them to make the move to an electric car.

“Over the past four years, we’ve installed Europe’s most advanced electric car charging network right here in Britain – it has 250 pumps, 20,000 members and nearly 15 million emission free miles driven since its inception.

“The growth so far in 2015 has been phenomenal – nearly two million miles driven on the network every month. The argument for road signs could not be stronger.”

Ecotricity recently revealed that Electric Highway members have now driven over 15 million miles since the charging network’s inception in 2011, with that number now growing by nearly 2 million miles a month and over 1,000 new registrations each month.

Nissan has sold more than 11,500 all electric Nissan LEAFs since the vehicle was launched in the UK, and almost 200,000 worldwide, in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Nissan’s current electric vehicle line-up includes the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200 van, providing a sustainable solution in the commercial vehicle sector. To date, Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 owners have covered more than one billion all-electric miles.

Read more: Ecotricity

Auto Express review of 7-seater e-NV200

The Nissan e-NV200 electric MPV makes more sense with seven seats but is that enough to make you buy it?

Nissan isn’t only a market leader in electric cars but electric vans as well. Its e-NV200 small van has been leading the electric LCV market since December 2014, becoming a top choice for companies looking to make zero emission deliveries. Available as a panel van and a five-seat combi, there’s now a more practical people carrying version sporting seven seats.

It’s taxi companies, private hire firms, fleets and hotels Nissan is targeting with its e-NV200 7-seater as it’s these groups of people who have been haranguing Nissan to build one. Up until now they’ve had to rely on more conventional seven-seaters like the Ford Galaxy or put up with carrying just five in e-NV200 five-seater models if they wanted to be ‘green’.

for companies who undertake short trips, have reliable access to charging points and are committed to embracing electric motoring, the e-NV200 is in a class of its own.

Read more: Auto Express