Nissan and FedEx Express have teamed up to test a fleet of all-electric NV200s for two months on the streets of London.
The Japanese carmaker said that the fleet will be used to evaluate how the NV200 prototype electric vehicles perform in daily traffic. The Nissan NV200 EV prototype uses the same powertrain and battery like the Nissan Leaf.
Battery charging options for the light commercial vehicle include a complete recharge overnight or up to 80 percent battery capacity in 30 minutes using a quick charger. Nissan already tested a fleet of NV200 prototypes with the help of the Japan Post service, which used the cars for delivering and collecting packages. The automaker expects to do additional trial tests in 2012.
“FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs,” said Nissan vice president Hideto Murakami, who is responsible for the brand’s global LCV business unit.
Denis Beal, FedEx Express vice president for global vehicles, said: “Through collaboration we can exponentially improve and expedite what is possible. We value the opportunity Nissan has given us to provide experienced feedback and contribute to development of the best Nissan NV200 possible.”
FedEx Express currently operates 43 all-electric vehicles in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Memphis.