Global-Market 2018 Nissan e-NV200 Gets 60 Percent Greater Range, Larger Battery
U.S. Still Forced to Envy Electric Van from Afar
The popular Nissan NV200 compact van’s all-electric variant, the Japan- and Europe-only e-NV200, is getting enhanced for 2018 with a new battery and 60 percent more miles between charges. Now rated at 174 miles, Europe’s most popular electric commercial vehicle can go an additional 62 miles on a single charge, courtesy of a 40kWh battery that replaces the 24kWh unit in the current e-NV. Impressively, this larger battery takes up the same amount of space as the old one, giving the e-NV an unchanged 148 cubic feet of cargo space as rated by European authorities.
Of course, that 174-mile rating is based on New European Drive Cycle testing procedure, which rates the 2018 Nissan Leaf at 235 miles. Since the U.S. estimates a 150-mile range from the Leaf, we’d expect the e-NV200 to achieve about 100 miles between charges if it ever gets federalized.
Still, that kind of range would likely be more than enough for most tradesmen, delivery services, and other facilities that currently use the gasoline-powered NV200. Helping the electric’s usability is a 1,530-pound maximum payload as rated by European regulators, which is 50 more than the U.S.-market gasoline NV. The e-NV can also tow a 947-pound trailer and carry 220 pounds on its roof. At 3,430 pounds (170 more than the gas model), the e-NV200 has a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,960 pounds.
Nissan claims its electric cargo van is “the perfect last-mile delivery solution for urban deliveries and collections.” As such, it could be an ideal machine for same-day Amazon shipments and on-demand food delivery, where the shipping routes are usually constrained to a few miles each way, radiating from a central warehouse hub. After undergoing a full day of deliveries and work, the e-NV200 can be recharged via a high-voltage wallbox in about 7.5 hours or from a household outlet in 21.5 hours. A quick charger takes the battery to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes.
So, will Nissan finally bring the electric van to the States? Honestly, we wouldn’t count on it any time soon, forcing the U.S. market to e-envy the e-NV200 from afar. With widespread electrification across the automotive landscape, it’s likely we’ll get a version of the van when it is redesigned sometime in the next few years.