The Nissan e-NV200 is here to prove that efficient and spacious doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. This eco-friendly small van is a new take on the widely-celebrated NV200 Cargo, adding bright design concepts, trendy character additions, and complete electric functionality. The light, contemporary design is a breath of fresh air for the owner and the environment.
The e-NV200 is 100% electric — in fact, it doesn’t even have a tailpipe. That’s a battery powered car. Nissan e-NV200 channels the electric Nissan Leaf with a quiet 80-kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, and the extra space doesn’t mean forfeiting the smoothness of driving a compact vehicle: the e-NV200 drives like a car even when you load it up like a minivan.
Why Does This Look Familiar?
An upright driver’s seat and vertical steering column in the e-NV200 leave room for plenty of backseat passengers, but the dash and equipment layout may feel like an old friend. A play on the gauge and instrument panel of the Leaf, the e-NV200 features blue-hued displays that provide information on battery charge and power usage as you go.
Load It Up
The beauty of the e-NV200 lies in the utility of the space matched with the efficiency of the electric power. Boasting best-in-class cargo volume, the customizable interior of this eco-vehicle contains 4.2 m3 of cargo volume. Two rows of backseat seating bring the e-NV200 to an 8-seat capacity, with trunk space to spare behind the third row. If you want more cargo space and less seating, the back row folds down to accommodate.
Then Charge it Up
All this space means the van can’t be that efficient, right? Wrong. The fully electric vehicle boasts zero emissions and according to Nissan estimates, can drive up to 105 miles on a single full charge (in practice, this number looks more like 80 miles). If you’re short on time and just need a quick power boost, a 30-minute quick charge will get your battery 80 percent full, and ECO mode driving will protect from rapid energy output.
Do People Actually Drive This Thing?
In a word, yes. And very easily. With an 11.2m turning circle and its compact body, the e-NV200 feels more stable and maneuverable than your standard minivan. Who needs a fully electric minivan? Think businesses who make short-distance deliveries, eco-conscious (and wallet-conscious) Uber drivers and parents who have a short commute to school drop-off and work.
Green Nissan: Still Electrifying, Just Not Electric
Nissan offers a variety of earth conscious vehicles that are not 100 percent battery powered, but still keep gas mileage at a maximum and emissions under wraps. The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a good option for those in need of a more efficient SUV without the travel radius restrictions imposed by a fully electric car.
If you want the stellar MPGs without all the fuss of eco-conscious titles, the 2016 Nissan Rogue delivers. This compact sport SUV boasts 26 mpg in the city and and 33 mpg on the highway, so you can start, stop and cruise with fewer refuels.
Nissan offers many types of vehicles with different capabilities and advantages. Learn more about your options.