Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in cooperation with FedEx Express, will carry out real-world driving tests of the battery-electric commercial vehicle, e-NV200, in the Yokohama area beginning in mid-July. The e-NV200 test vehicle, which is equipped with a LEAF powertrain—is based on Nissan’s multi-purpose compact van NV200. (Earlier post.)
Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a test model e-NV200 to use as a delivery vehicle for approximately one month. Nissan will then evaluate the vehicle’s potential for the delivery of international air cargo. This will be the second test conducted with FedEx, following a similar trial in Europe during last winter.
Nissan has road tested the e-NV200 with several other major fleet companies this year, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd. in Japan and British Gas in Europe. Feedback gleaned from the real-world testing will be reflected in the development of future Nissan production models.
The Nissan NV200 is a new-generation compact commercial vehicle suited to a wide variety of driving situations for customers around the world. It was chosen as the base vehicle for New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow—the exclusive taxi of New York City. The NV200 first became available in Japan and Europe in 2009 and is now available in many other countries, including China and Malaysia. Future launches are planned for the US and India. Nissan now sells the NV200 in approximately 40 countries throughout the world.