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Nissan e-NV200 promises 'electric revolution'

Date: 20 May 2014

Nissan has revealed the line-up of its new e-NV200, which it is hailing as a landmark 100% electric vehicle.

Released from July, its drivetrain is modeled on the Leaf, and promises around 105 miles per full charge - making it an extremely promising prospect for the fleet market.

According to manufacturers, the zero-emissions e-NV200 will have frugal running costs of just two pence per mile.

It is claimed that drivers can expect to benefit from £2,500 fuel savings a year from the new van, which will be exempt from both road tax and the London congestion charge.

With government green vehicle incentives of £8,000 for the Plug in Van Grant for the panel van model and £5,000 for the five-seater combi are available across its range, the company has anticipated strong commercial interest for the vehicle.

Its base model, the Acenta, is available from £16,562 (including government grant), with the combi retailing on the road at £22,859. There is also flexi option of leasing the vehicle's battery for £61 a month, reducing the initial outlays to £13,393 and £17,885.

The e-NV200 has undergone extensive re-engineering from the existing NV200, with enhancements to its styling in addition to the installation of its all-important electric drivetrain.

It features a class-leading cargo capacity and has undergone a broad range of testing by companies including British Gas, FedEx and Coca-Cola.

The vehicle, which was showcased at the Geneva motor show, is rechargeable overnight using a domestic 16-amp supply, which reduces to four hours if a 32amp supply is in operation.

It also has a dedicated 50kW quick charger that can recharge the battery from 0-80 percent in 30 minutes, providing that it is partially charged.

In response to expected demand, Nissan has installed a total of 100 quick charges across Europe, which will be supplemented by firms across the country installing their own facilities.