The wins just keep on coming for Nissan and its workhorse NV200. After the NV200 was named New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow, the city of Barcelona, Spain, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan to promote implementation of electric mobility in the Mediterranean port city and popular tourist destination.
Barcelona has another motivation behind being gung-ho about Nissan's new van. The e-NV200 will be manufactured in the city at Nissan's Zona Franca plant, which has invested $132 million, and is expected to bring 700 additional jobs to the area. Initially, Barcelona will be the exclusive source internationally for the electric version of the NV200.
The e-NV200 employs the drivetrain from the Nissan Leaf electric car and, like the Leaf, offers the option of CHAdeMo quick-charging. Nissan is working with the city for building a network of quick-charging stations throughout the city to facilitate use of the vehicles as fleet delivery vans as well as taxis. Barcelona is also considering special zones and tax cuts for electric vehicle fleets.
The deployment and build-out of quick-charging stations in Barcelona is the start of more than 1200 planned across Europe. The e-NV200 will go into official production starting in the spring of 2014.