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Nissan makes world debut of electric NV200 van

Nissan’s first electric van is making its world debut today, just one of the highlights to be savoured on the opening day of the Detroit Motor Show.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as it is formally known will be the first show to display the near-production ready e-NV200; which is already being trialled Japan and the UK.

Nissan e-NV200

Based on the popular light commercial vehicle, the NV200, the electric version uses Nissan’s electric drivetrain technology developed for its first EV; the Leaf.

Power is supplied by a  lithium-ion battery teamed with a 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 280Nm of torque. What’s more, the prototype model currently being trialled can be recharged overnight or up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes using a quick charger. The driving range is expected to be similar to the Leaf (around 90 miles) while the payload and cargo space are expected to be around the same as the combustion NV200.

"With its ‘no gas, no tailpipe, no emissions' powertrain, the Nissan e-NV200 Concept combines a quiet, comfortable driving experience with a large, highly versatile, functional interior space within a compact overall body length," said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.  "

The production version would be targeted mainly at businesses, but also at private users or families in major regions.

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Faye Sunderland

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