Nissan to launch its new electric van this month image

The Japanese automaker, which currently has the Leaf battery electric car, will add a second model to the electric line-up this month – the e-NV200.

The all-electric van, which is an electrified version of the standard NV200 van, could be seen as Nissan’s vote of confidence in the segment – which has been far less successful than widely anticipated just a few years ago. Still, with the Leaf car the most successful electric vehicle in the world, Nissan can afford the introduction of the new model.

According to the automaker, which looks poised to promote its NV200 van as much as possible (it even has a deal to supply in the next decade all of the yellow cabs in New York), the new electrified version of the van would reach the European market and go on sale this month, while Japan deliveries are slated for October.

Without giving any specifics on the sales targets for the new van, Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer did say that Nissan has more in the electric department, with the e-NV200 being the second of four electric cars planned to reach the public by March 2017.

The new e-NV200, with an estimated range of 190 kilometers (118 miles), would be produced in Barcelona, Spain – where the annual capacity could reach 20,000 units, and has a starting price – in France – of 20,610 euros ($28,100), before any government subsidy.

Via Automotive News Europe