October 3rd, 2017 by James Ayre, on Clean Technica
The new version of the e-NV200 features a 40 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery-pack, and an NEDC range-rating of up to 280 kilometers (174 miles). The real-world range will of course be lower than the inaccurate NEDC ratings, but should still be fairly substantial — more than enough to meet the needs of most small businesses in Europe, though perhaps not enough for those wanting to use the van for some other types of purpose.
What’s particularly notable here is that the new 40 kWh battery pack is apparently the exact same physical size as the lower-capacity battery pack that it’s replacing — so the van’s cargo area and seating remains undiminished.
Nissan Europe’s Electric Vehicle Director, Gareth Dunsmore, commented on the news: “With its longer range and excellent cargo capacity, the new e-NV200 is the perfect last mile delivery solution for urban deliveries and collections. Given the huge impact that business deliveries/collections and professional drivers have on air quality and traffic congestion, especially in city centres, helping cut the level of CO2 emissions they create is a vital part of creating a more sustainable future.
“The world is going electric, which means re-thinking pretty much everything we know about driving, commuting and powering our lives. But to make that future viable, we must create a fully electric ecosystem that enables modern life to be cleaner, safer and more connected for everyone. Smarter, better 100% electric vehicles like the new e-NV200 are at the heart of that ecosystem — now and for generations to come.”
The new e-NV200 — which was unveiled at the recent Nissan Futures 3.0 event in Oslo, Norway — will be available for order in Europe before the end of the year. It’s not clear what the plan is as regards the North American markets, but the range may still be a bit limited for use outside of select urban areas there.
This new facility will reportedly employ 250 people, and will possess an annual production capacity of 10,000 units. Further expansion beyond that figure will be possible with the introduction of a second and/or third shift.
These units will be sold primarily to third parties. Production at the new facility is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2018, a company spokesperson has revealed.
“We are now beginning the next phase of development at StreetScooter,” commented Juergen Gerdes, the head of Deutsche Post’s post, e-commerce, and parcel delivery businesses. “Our goal is and remains market leadership in green logistics.”
Reuters provides more: “Deutsche Post said it was now producing a high-performance version of its current model, with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) instead of 80 kilometers, and top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, up from 85. It is also testing StreetScooters with fuel-cell drives, which could travel over 500 kilometers, it said.
“Screetscooter has begun developing vehicles for specific industries, starting with the Bakery Vehicle One (BV1), an electric 3.5 tonne van developed together with bakers. Deutsche Post said it had received more than 100 advance orders for the BV1, with prices from €42,950 ($50,430).
“It was also talking to energy providers, waste disposal companies, municipalities, airports, facility-management companies, and caterers about customizing e-vans for their industries.”
It’s not clear yet what this announcement means as regards a possible collaboration with Ford. Presumably if collaboration with Ford continues, then it will involve the international market more so than the German one, but who can say for sure at this point?
For further background information, see: DHL (Deutsche Post) Electric Delivery Vans To Go On Sale In 2017.