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2012-09-25 06:27

TWO OF FOUR EVS: Nissan maintains the pace at which is it release electric vehicles with the e-NV200 concept. The automaker has promised four zero-emission vehicles by 2014.

Nissan has combined the best of two worlds to wow crowds at the 2012 IAA commercial vehicle show with a concept of its electric panel van.

Although still labeled a concept car, the e-NV200 has had its world premiere at the Hanover show.

Nissan’s NV200 panel van has been fitted with an all-electric drivetrain using a lithium ion battery made up of 48 compact modules and an 80kW/280Nm electric motor.  It is based on the system used to power the automaker’s Leaf electric vehicle. Nissan said the e-NV200 will go into production in 2013.

LEAF WITH LOAD SPACE

Along with it being able to deliver performance and a driving range similar to the Leaf, the e-NV200 is also equipped with quick-charge capability that will need 30 minutes for an 80% recharge.

The same main batteries can also drive electric tools, equipment and appliances and because the batteries are stored beneath the load floor the e-NV200 has the same load capacity as a standard NV200 - two standard Euro pallets between the rear wheel arches and a cargo length of two metres.

Nissan’s vice-president in charge of global LCVs, Hideto Murakami, said: "Zero-emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF are already playing an increasingly significant environmental role. This zero-emission vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life but also ease the economic burden on companies."

A small fleet of converted battery-powered NV200s has since 2011 been on loan to companies in Japan and Europe. The prototype testing will continue through 2013, Nissan said.

"The feedback we have received has already given us vital information which we will incorporate into the production version."

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