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Nissan introduces the e-NV2000 electric van

4 March 2014

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e-NV200. Click to enlarge.

Nissan introduced the Nissan e-NV200 battery-electric compact commercial van (earlier post), the second battery-electric vehicle in its global line-up, joining the Nissan LEAF.

The e-NV200’s electric drivetrain, based on that used in the LEAF, is combined with the cargo volume of the NV200 to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods. Although based on significant elements of the two existing vehicles, e-NV200 is a bespoke vehicle with a unique part count of more than 30%. When sales start in June, e-NV200 will be available as a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises.

e-NV200 underwent a full engineering development program as if it were new from the ground up. The drivetrain has been re-engineered in a number of significant areas to suit its new role, while changes have been made to the vehicle shell to ensure there has been no compromise to cargo space.

Differences between e-NV200 and NV200 include visual changes, a re-engineered chassis, interior revisions, a new battery pack, a higher capacity regenerative braking system and other modifications to ensure e-NV200 is better suited to its likely role as a city-based delivery vehicle for cargo and people.

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Second-generation integrated electric powertrain. Source: Nissan. Click to enlarge.

Mechanically, e-NV200 owes much to the Nissan LEAF with independent front suspension by MacPherson strut. LEAF also provides the drivetrain, including its recently introduced second generation 80 kW AC synchronous motor, which is now fully integrated with the battery charger and inverter in one compact, self-contained unit.

There are some significant changes, however, for e-NV200. Most notable is the Lithium-ion battery which has been changed to allow it to fit under e-NV200’s floor without compromising the cargo area. The new pack, which is built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, UK, and assembled in Barcelona, has the same number of modules—48—as in Leaf and the same 24 kWh capacity, but is packaged differently.

The battery module is set low in the vehicle under the load floor and is mounted in a reinforced zone for extra safety protection in the event of an impact. The battery mounting assembly also helps boost the torsional and lateral stiffness of the vehicle by 20% and 35% respectively over NV200.

The battery can be recharged overnight using a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW supply which reduces to four hours if a 6.6 kW/32-amp supply is used. A dedicated CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger can recharge the battery from 0-80 percent in 30 minutes or less if the battery is already partially charged.

More than 1,000 public CHAdeMO quick chargers are now installed across Europe; in addition, a number of companies have installed their own dedicated quick charging facilities at their home depots or offices.

The instant torque delivery typical of an electric vehicle means the battery-powered version accelerates faster than its conventional cousin: its 0-100 km/h time is quicker than the 1.5 dCi-powered NV200, with final figures to be confirmed later this year.

Another drivetrain change over LEAF determined by e-NV200’s likely usage pattern is a new braking system with a higher regenerative capacity. This takes advantage of the vehicle’s typical stop/start city driving modes, while Hill Start Assist is fitted as standard, holding the vehicle for two seconds after the footbrake is released to allow smooth starting.

Although mainly targeted at businesses, Nissan is also targeting e-NV200to private users with large families. The e-NV200’s homologated NEDC range of 170 km (106 miles) is greater than the average 100-kilometer (62-mile) daily driving distance of more than half the fleets which utilize this class of van; the payload and cargo area is the same as NV200’s.

The LCV version still has a cargo volume of 4.2 m3 and can carry two standard Euro pallets, while sliding side doors on both sides and wide opening rear doors ensure that loading and unloading is as easy as possible.

The proven and highly effective electric powertrain driving e-NV200 is ideally suited to the typical stop/start daily routine of a working vehicle. With no exhaust or noise pollution, e-NV200 is environmentally and people friendly, while the lack of fatigue-inducing noise and vibration from the drivetrain coupled with the single-speed transmission will provide genuine benefits to every hard working delivery or taxi driver. Fleet operators, meanwhile, will love the low running costs.

—Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe

A comprehensive real-world test program was undertaken in Japan and Europe with pre-production models handed over to companies including FedEx, Coca-Cola, DHL, IKEA, British Gas and the Japan Post Office to operate as part of their everyday fleets. Feedback from drivers and fleet managers has been used to fine tune e-NV200 before series production began at Nissan’s major LCV facility in Barcelona, Spain.

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The 24kwh is too small and a huge disappointment. Being less aerodynamic than the Leaf if will have less range for sure than the Leaf's 84 miles year 2014 EPA rating. This is not nearly flexible enough for a commercial vehicle. It will not sell well. I am looking forward to see Nissan get their next generation 40kwh pack ready. This is still too little but it will sell better.

If companies know how far they have to drive daily, and if it is less than the range-20%, this could be a good fit.
Especially for crowded and/or polluted cities.

So there may be a decent sized niche for the < 80 miles / day delivery driver.

I fully agree with Henrik, 24 kWh battery is much too small. It will run out of juice by mid-day during winter times.

An upgrade with an under floor 42.5+ kWh battery (1/2 pack from Tesla) could be a solution.

It is perfect for taking Nissan customers from dealership to work and back. Or flower, bakery, etc. deliveries. Make the trip, return and top off.

Even plug in at delivery sites.  If you stop for 10 minutes and can put 3.3 kW into the battery all the while, that's 550 Wh or roughly 3 miles.  Plug in for 45 minutes at lunch, another 10-12 miles.

The 64 L gas tank (good for 1050 Km) on my Hybrid 1s 10X too large. With all the gas stations around, 10 litres would be more than enough?

@harvey, you are out of your mind.

Once you have all the components of an ICE in a car, you might as well have a decent sized fuel tank.

Anything up to a months fuel is probably OK, beyond that, it may start to go stale (whatever that means).

People are going crazy for a few extra miles in a BEV, why not luxuriate in the range of an ICE, particularly a hybrid.

mahonj,
64-L gas tank is OK for a non-hybrid ICEV having 25MPG. With 15 gallons x 25 = 375 miles. However, in a HEV capable of 50 MPG, then the gas tank size should be reduced to 1/2, or 32L, or 7.5 gallons, and still can travel 375 miles. Reducing the gas tank size in an HEV is a good thing because that will yield more space to store the battery pack, therefore avoid encroaching on the trunk space and allows better luggage capacity. Too bad, the car MFG's are too cheap to even make a separate smaller fuel tank for HEV's, forcing HEV's to use the developed fuel tanks for ICEV's that is wasting trunk space storing the battery pack. For that reason, I did not even consider buying hybrids like Camry Hybrid, nor Fusion Hybrid, nor the Volt, which is the worse, having the huge battery pack taking away one whole seating in the rear bench seat.

However, I've been able to start cars that have been left unused for many years, as many as 6 years. I put in a new battery, and cranked it up using existing 6-yr-old fuel in the tank, and the car started almost right away! Perhaps the fuel vapor recovery system was so good that it did not allow any fuel vapor to fly away!

I was joking about the 10L gas tank for our HEVs, to get the same range as most current BEVs.

However, our HEVs could be equipped with much smaller fuel tank and still get 500 Km range.

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