Production of the e-NV200 all-electric van will begin in Barcelona early next year. This announcement accompanies Nissan’s plans to release four all-electric models by 2015 and will be the second electric vehicle following the already released Nissan Leaf.
The technology and drive-train are expected to be sourced directly from the Leaf although expectedly retrofitting will need to be done in order to accommodate the van’s larger size. And speculation is that the power train will achieve a range very close to what the Leaf gets.
Barcelona’s economy will get a boost as Nissan plans to pour $51 million into their existing plant for the job of building the e-NV200 and the project will also add 700 new jobs to the facility.
The main focus of these new vans for Nissan is delivery companies but they also emphasize that the large amount of cargo space will be great for kids and the dog as well. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan says that “Crucially, it [the e-NV200] will also offer class-leading running and maintenance costs which makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition to both businesses and families.”