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Production-spec, all-electric Nissan e-NV200 unveiled

Snapshot: The zero-emission people carrier will be launched in Japan in October 2014.

Japanese automaker Nissan today presented the production-ready avatar of its second electric car, the e-NV200. The automaker first began testing the all-electric NV200 van back in 2010 and showcased the e-NV200 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Today however, the automaker unwrapped the production version of the Nissan Leaf’s bigger brother in Geneva, the e-NV200, which is being touted as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover. 

The zero-emission commercial van can run up to 190km on a full charge and double as an onboard power source to supple emergency lighting or power to an outside unit. Taking a leaf out of the Nissan Leaf’s book, the e-NV200 features the same independent front suspension and electric drivetrain found in its smaller brother. However, the 24 kWh battery powering the 80 kW electric motor has been packaged differently so as to be able to posit it under the vehicle’s floor and get then same 4,300-litre cargo carrying space. 

The van’s battery pack can be charged overnight via a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW outlet, or in four hours via a 6.6 kW/32-amp supply. The vehicle can be had in either five or seven seating options. 

The Nissan e-NV200 is expected to go on sale in the European markets by the end of this year and will be launched in Japan sometime in October. Expected sticker price for the Japanese market is 388 million yen or 37,900 USD. 

Nissan is hoping to clock monthly sales of 200 units in Japan for its electric van, which is a modest target after Leaf registered sales of just 1,15,000 units globally, since its launch nearly four years ago. 

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