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Nissan To Build All Electric Van

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On: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Build All Electric Van

Nissan announced last week that it will begin production on its second electric vehicle in the 2013 financial year. The vehicle in question is the e-NV200, which will add some serious people/cargo moving capability to the electric market.

With the exception of the costly RAV4 Electric, the EVs on the market today are all small compact and subcompact cars. The e-NV200, on the other hand, will be based on the standard NV200, a compact commercial cargo van that offers 123 cubic feet of cargo space in back.

Nissan says that the e-NV200 will offer around the same 100 miles of range as the Leaf. The EPA rates the Leaf's range at 73 miles.

Nissan will build the e-NV200 at its Barcelona, Spain plant. It has not detailed what markets it plans to sell the e-NV200 in. The gas-motivated NV200 will hit the US market next year.

Other than that, Nissan hasn't offered too many details on the e-NV200, though the admission that it will "provide both businesses and families with functional and roomy interior space" suggests that it will move past the commercial-only intent of the standard NV200 and offer a family-hauling electric option for consumers.

Nissan anticipates that the e-NV200 will offer the same cargo hauling as the standard NV200 despite adding the battery-based powertrain of the Leaf. Styling-wise, the concept blends the form of the NV200 with Leaf styling cues.

Nissan is currently conducting testing of NV200 electrics in Europe. It plans to implement changes based upon feedback from testing before starting production.

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