Detroit 2012: Nissan eNV200 Concept

Based in part on the Leaf electric car, the Nissan eNV200 Concept converts the company’s not-yet-released small commercial van to all-electric power.

To covert the NV200 van to all-electric power, Nissan borrowed heavily from its groundbreaking Leaf electric car. The eNV200 uses the Leaf’s 24kWh battery pack and 80kW, 107-horsepower, 207-pound-foot AC synchronous electric motor and single-speed reduction gearbox to drive the front wheels. Nissan claims it will have a driving range “similar” to the Leaf’s, though given the van’s larger size and weight and less aerodynamic form, that will be difficult.

That’s not to say that Nissan’s just fitted a new drivetrain and called it a day. The company has also modified the front end of the standard NV200 with a covered charging port similar to the Leaf’s and dressed it up with the Leaf’s blue Nissan badge and Leaf-like headlights. Inside, the eNV200 features a new dash with an EV-specific gauge cluster with features like remaining range and other telematics. The center stack features a large touchscreen display designed to mimic a tablet computer like the iPad.

The eNV200 Concept is, for now, a “potential mass production vehicle.” Nissan’s already begun real-world testing with a prototype, placing it in the hands of the Japan Post Service and FedEx’s London operations to gain feedback. While it hasn’t been confirmed for production yet, Nissan has made a strong commitment to increasing its EV portfolio and with competition from Ford’s Transit Connect EV prototype, we expect the eNV200 to find its way to the market in the near future.

Source: Nissan

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