14.12.2011 Nissan tests NV200 electric van in London
A prototype zero-emission all-electric Nissan NV200 delivery vehicle is ready to start extensive real-world testing on the streets of London.
FedEx Express and Nissan are collaborating over a two month period to evaluate how the NV200 electric vehicle (EV) prototype copes with the rigours of daily duties in the capital.
The Nissan NV200 EV prototype uses the same EV powertrain and battery originally developed for the multi-award winning Nissan LEAF – the world's first 100% electric mass-market family car. To date Nissan already sold more than 20,000 Nissan LEAFs, making it the best-selling all-electric car across the globe.
Beth Galetti, vice president of Planning and Engineering at FedEx Express said, "FedEx is proud to collaborate with Nissan on this initiative. Our cross-sector approach to reduce dependence on petroleum, reduce carbon impact and eliminate tailpipe emissions remains unwavering. At FedEx, we seek to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways and we will continue to work closely with Nissan to change what is possible."
"Zero-emission vehicles like Nissan LEAF are already playing an increasingly significant environmental role in our towns and cities. The Nissan NV200 EV prototype delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life, but thanks to best in class running costs has great potential to ease the economic burdens placed on companies," said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, "FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs."
FedEx Express currently operates 43 all-electric vehicles in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Memphis- all of which are ideal dense urban centres. With zero emissions, no tailpipe, and energy-recycling regenerative braking, the Nissan NV200 EV prototype is particularly well-suited for congested city streets where poor air quality is causing increased concern. The stop/start nature of city traffic is ideally suited to electric vehicles, as the lack of a running engine whilst the vehicle is stationary reduces the wasteful loss of energy and thus increases the efficiency of the vehicle.
Battery charging options are the same as for the LEAF, including a more conventional slower charging speed as well as the option for up to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes using a Quick Charger providing a DC current.
Nissan is aiming to become the global leader in zero emissions and sees the application of its advanced zero emission technology to the LCV and business-to-business markets as an important next step in the development of sustainable mobility for all.
If the NV200 is successful in trial, it is likely to join other small electric vans that are currently commercially available in the UK, including the Renault Kangoo Z.E.. Similar trials have already been completed in Japan, where all-electric NV200 vans were successfully used by the Japan Post Service for delivery and collection services.
Additional trials are anticipated for 2012 mirroring similar trials held in 2011, where the NV200 EV prototype was used by the Japan Post Service on delivery and collection duties in Japan.
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