Nissan getting ready for European launch of electric NV200 van image

As part of the automaker’s push to offer zero or low-emission alternatives for its entire lineup to meet the region’s tougher pollution rules, Nissan will launch a battery-powered version of its NV200 van aimed at private customers and fleets based in European cities.

The e-NV200 will launch in 2014, well ahead of the proposed 2020 deadline, at which time fleet CO2 for vans would decrease to 147 grams per kilometer from 203g/km now. The electric van will also help Nissan meet stricter limits in European cities for smog-causing nitrogen oxides and particulates, according to a Nissan spokesman.

“Many cities and governments are considering or enacting clean air zones in cities to reduce pollution. Taxis and delivery vehicles are obviously a key part of this fight,” the Nissan spokesman said. “Alongside the legislative environment, many large organizations, companies and local councils have environmental targets to reduce CO2 across their fleets and a combination of electric cars and electric vans can help them achieve this.”

One of the cities Nissan is working with is Barcelona. The automaker and the Barcelona government signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year for Nissan to develop a taxi version of the e-NV200 for the Spanish city. In exchange, the city will install a network of Nissan-designed electric charging stations around Barcelona.

Nissan has not announced a price for the e-NV200, which will be built at the automakers factory in Barcelona, where Nissan also makes the fuel-powered NV200. The electric van will share its powertrain with the Leaf and get its batteries from Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, England. The e-NV200, which Nissan also will sell in Japan, faces little competition in Europe. The only battery-powered van sold by a mass-market brand in the region is the Kangoo from Renault, which is Nissan’s alliance partner