Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will begin global proving tests this month of an electric vehicle (EV) based on the compact commercial vehicle NV200. For the first phase, the Japan Post Service Co. Ltd. will carry out a test in Japan. The NV200 was recently chosen as the next generation New York taxi (earlier post), with the prospects for an electric version beginning in 2017.
|Japan Post Service Co. test car. Click to enlarge.|
One electric NV200 test vehicle will be provided to carry out postal collection and delivery tasks for approximately two months in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, to evaluate the vehicle’s capabilities under a customer’s normal usage conditions. Later, similar proving tests will be carried out both in Japan and Europe, where similar evaluations will be carried out with other companies.
The role that can be played by zero emissions vehicles in promoting a balance between economic growth and environmental protection in the realm of logistics is large. We will certainly reflect the customer feedback gained from these proving tests in our future product development, and I expect that our commercial electric vehicles based on the NV200 will contribute to our customers’ business and to the development of a sustainable society.—Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit
The NV200 is available in Japan and Europe since FY2009 and China and Singapore from FY2010, and future launches are planned for the US and India. In total, the NV200 is sold in approximately 40 countries throughout the world.