FedEx is no stranger to the stresses of urban commercial driving, and Nissan is no stranger to building things that survive these stresses. The newest joint project between the two companies is an all-electric NV200 van, which FedEx will use as a delivery vehicle in London for the next two months.
FedEx Begins Testing an All Electric Nissan NV200 in London imageThe van is essentially a combination of Nissan's Leaf and NV200 vehicles. The vanlet starts with the body of the NV200 -- a vehicle Americans may recognize as New York City's next taxicab -- and replaces the stock driveline with the electric running gear from the Leaf. Nissan doesn't say if this application has different specs than the Leaf, which has a 107 horsepower/207 pound-feet electric motor, an EPA-estimated 73 miles to a charge, and a charge time of seven hours at a 240-volt outlet.
Although the NV's range may be limited, there are still a number of benefits of using an electric delivery van, especially in a crowded urban city like London. Lower speed limits are condusive to improving total range, and the electric driveline would also allow FedEx to avoid paying London's infamous congestion charge, which can run as high as $15 a day.
The NV200, one of 43 electric vehicles operated by FedEx worldwide, will be evaluated by the delivery firm for two months. Nissan hints the van could be evaluated in other field trials around the world, suggesting the firm is serious about developing a small electric utility vehicle in the near future.