This year's Tokyo Truck show will be where Nissan unveils its works in progress, as the automaker pushes forward toward being the leader in the light commercial vehicle segment. An extra electric boost may also help it get there, as all three concepts are electric vehicles.
Each concept borrows electric technology from the Leaf. The battery-powered e-NT400 Cabstar concept, which uses a similar powertrain arrangement to the electric car, runs up to 62 miles carrying a 1322-pound load. Because the van utilizes a lithium-ion battery and electric motor, the operation is considerably smoother and quieter than its conventional diesel-powered equivalent.
Nissan is also showing a refrigerator-truck that uses the same lithium-ion power to keep freezer compartments chilled and running even when the engine is switched off. Also in the refrigerator van is a multi-view monitor, which uses a bird's eye view to show the driver its position when backing up. The van is scheduled for release in Japan in 2012, and the rear-view monitor will be available starting in spring 2012.
The third truck is the Cabstar Power Supply Truck, which acts as a power source by using three Leaf-type battery packs that provide enough electricity to operate a 20-person office space for four hours, and also enough power during a power shortage or outage. All three concepts will appear next to the next-generation taxi of New York City, the NV200 Combi Taxi, which is the base model of NV200. This commercial vehicle was the starting point for Nissan to get into the light commercial vehicle segment, and so far it's proved to be a success. The NV200 is already being sold in nearly 40 countries.