Nissan has confirmed the Nissan e-NV200 electric van will go into production at its Barcelona plant in 2013 ahead of its launch later that year.
First seen in concept form at the 2012 Detroit motor show, the Nissan e-NV200 shares aspects of Nissan’s hero EV, the Nissan Leaf, such as the distinctive nose, colour and electric powertrain, but everything else is in keeping with the existing NV200 van, which is due to flood the streets of New York City in its taxi guise.
Nissan’s second all-electric vehicle will again rely on the 80kW/280Nm lithium-ion battery-powered set-up used in the Leaf, providing eco-transport for a range of around 160km.
To be produced alongside the conventionally-powered NV200 in Spain, Nissan says the e-NV200 will provide “both businesses and families with functional and roomy interior space and will retain the host of innovative and practical features of the current NV200 line up combined with the most advanced powertrain components of the Nissan LEAF”.
Despite Nissan achieving an historic milestone last year of selling more than one million light commercial vehicles (LCVs) worldwide in a single year, the Nissan NV200 remains unavailable in Australia.