Aside from the all-electric automotive brand Tesla, few other major automakers have been as bullish about electric vehicles as Nissan. Its Leaf electric has become the world's best-selling pure EV, and the Leaf's powertrain is the basis for the e-NV200 electric van. Already poised to launch this summer in Europe and in Japan this fall, Nissan is collaborating with Portland, Oregon, municipal electric utility Portland General Electric for a six-week trial of the vans in a real-world setting. The Nissan e-NV200 testers will replace larger, diesel-powered vans for underground work crews to determine their viability and practicality in a fleet setting.
This trial is not the first for the Nissan e-NV200, with parcel delivery service FedEx having already utilized them in several states on a trial basis. Other potential applications for the electrified vans include taxi service, with prototypes of both U.S.-spec and the new London Taxi being shown in prototype form with electric drivetrains. The Nissan Leaf and the e-NV200 employ the CHAdeMo quick-charge standard that is widely-used in Japan but has only found limited adoption in other countries, with most automakers jumping on board the J1772 quick charge standard, a modification of the standardized charging port used on most mass-market EVs. Tesla utilizes a proprietary charge-port design for both its standard charging as well as its high-speed supercharger network but offers an adapter to use industry-standard J1772 chargers.