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Nissan begins trails of first electric van

Nissan has begun road tests of its latest electric vehicle model based on its popular NV200 compact commercial.

The Japanese car maker, renowned for its first EV, the Leaf, has now started the first phase of proving tests of its first electric van in Japan, with an NV200 EV starting work with the Japan Post Service. 

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One test vehicle will be provided to carry out postal collection and delivery tasks for approximately two months in the city of Yokohama, to evaluate the vehicle's capabilities under a typical customer's demanding usage. Later, similar proving tests are to be carried out both in Japan and Europe, where similar evaluations will be carried out with other companies.

The regular Nissan NV200 went on sale in Europe in 2009. Recently selected as the next generation New York taxi, the EV makeover see the vehicle gain use of Nissan’s electric powertrain expertise developed for the Leaf.

"The role that can be played by zero emissions vehicles in promoting a balance between economic growth and environmental protection in the realm of logistics is large" said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit. "We will certainly reflect the customer feedback gained from these proving tests in our future product development, and I expect that our commercial electric vehicles based on the NV200 will contribute to our customers' business and to the development of a sustainable society".

Nissan aims to become a leader in zero emission vehicles, and in addition to carrying out the development of electric vehicles, Nissan is also engaged in comprehensive efforts to spread the use of electric vehicles and promote sustainable mobility. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has already concluded more than 90 partnerships related to zero emission mobility with national and local governments and corporations throughout the world.

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Faye Sunderland

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