Nissan Shows Electric Version of its Upcoming NV200 Van
Although the accompanying press release was palpably light on specifics, Nissan has released this concept sketch of a future all-electric variation of its new conventionally-powered NV200 commercial van that just went on sale in various world markets and will be heading to the U.S. next year. Unlike its baseline counterpart, the NV200 EV is destined to get its own unique styling that's heavily influenced by Nissan's LEAF EV, which will also arrive at dealers here sometime in late 2010. While the automaker didn't confirm any powertrain details, it's expected the NV200 EV's motivation will come from some variation of the basic battery-electric package used in the LEAF, an 80kW (108 hp) electric motor powered by an advanced compact Lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan was equally mum about when we might expect to see the NV200 EV hitting showrooms, but it does intend to position this zero-emissions variation on the theme as a low-cost, multipurpose alternative for ambulances, taxis or shuttles in urban areas that ban vehicles with CO2-emitting internal-combustion engines. With a 100-mile range plus plug-in as well as quick-charge potential, it seems like there might be a home for it on the consumer side of Nissan's future lineup, as well.