Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nissan to Test e-NV200 Electric Vans with AEON in Japan [VIDEO]

By Electric Cars Report.
Nissan has begun tests of e-NV200, an electric van based on the compact commercial vehicle NV200, with AEON Retail Company in Japan.
Following in the footsteps of Japan Post, FedEx and British Gas, Japanese supermarket operator AEON took delivery of an e-NV200, the all-electric version of Nissan’s popular van.

AEON will use the e-NV200 test cars as delivery vehicles within the Tokyo metropolitan area for their innovative, new online business. The vehicles will be monitored for one month to evaluate their potential for daily business use.
The Nissan e-NV200 electric van, which is likely to be a production version of the LEAF-look alike e-NV200 concept, was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
The Nissan e-NV200 shares its major drivetrain components with the innovative Nissan LEAF. Silent, zero emission power is supplied by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 280 Nm of torque. Unlike a conventional internal combustion engine, the motor delivers 100% of its torque from start with immediate response bringing excellent acceleration and smooth, comfortable driving feel.
“Zero emission vehicles will play an increasingly important role in shaping the environment of our cities and towns,” said Nissan Motor Company’s Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, head of the Global Light Commercial Vehicle Business Unit. “Electric vehicles will help to raise the quality of our urban environment and their economical running costs should also make them very attractive to businesses. The evaluation results we will get from the AEON Retail testing will assist us in the development of compact EV commercial vehicles. Based on input, the future production version of the e-NV200 will allow us to leverage our investment in electric vehicle technologies, contribute to expanding our EV business globally, and move toward a more sustainable society.