At the Washington auto show, FedEx Express and Nissan announced that they are going to start testing an all-electric version of the Nissan NV200. Called the e-NV200, the cargo van will be put to the test in real-world delivery conditions in and around Washington, D.C., to determine if it makes sense to have this electric vehicle in the United States. The e-NV200 has been tested by FedEx Express in fleets in Japan, Singapore, the U.K., and Brazil, but this will be the first time the van will be tested in the U.S. Mass production of the e-NV200 will begin in Europe later this year.

Putting the e-NV200 into FedEx Express' delivery fleet is part of the FedEx EarthSmart program, designed to guide the company's environmental commitment where FedEx operates. That also aligns nicely with Nissan's Blue Citizenship corporate social responsibility program. With that, Nissan is focusing on increasing the number of vehicles that emit zero greenhouse gases by looking into vehicle segments where its electric vehicle technology could be implemented.

"As a global fleet operator serving 220 countries and territories worldwide, FedEx is committed to improving the efficiency of its vehicles as part of our EarthSmart initiatives," said Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation. "We are pleased to continue our work with Nissan and bring the e-NV200 into test in North America."

"We're eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial consumer," added Erik Gottfried, Nissan director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. "We'd also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use."

This will be the second EV that Nissan sells globally. (The first is the Leaf.) Its powertrain is based on that in the Leaf, and it uses the same lithium-ion battery. It emits zero carbon dioxide, and can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in less than 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger.

Source: Nissan