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Nissan e-NV-200 launched in Japan

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The e-NV-200 being introduced in Yokohama by Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer and Executive Vice President Takao Katagiri (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The e-NV-200 being introduced in Yokohama by Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer and Executive Vice President Takao Katagiri (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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Nissan launched the e-NV-200 at it`s Yokohama HQ alongside its other EV the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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Nissan launched the e-NV-200 at it`s Yokohama HQ alongside its other EV the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
Nissan hopes the e-NV-200 will have the same success as the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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Nissan hopes the e-NV-200 will have the same success as the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The e-NV-200 makes an ideal camping vehicle (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The e-NV-200 makes an ideal camping vehicle (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The front 3/4 view shows the close resemblance to the e-NV-200 has to the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The front 3/4 view shows the close resemblance to the e-NV-200 has to the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The rear has a clear lens look but almost identical to the gasoline NV-200 (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The rear has a clear lens look but almost identical to the gasoline NV-200 (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
High spec versions have color coded front and rear bumpers, as well as upmarket style wheels (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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High spec versions have color coded front and rear bumpers, as well as upmarket style wheels (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
Form the front you can clearly see the Nissan family Electric Vehicle look with a similar nose and bumper to the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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Form the front you can clearly see the Nissan family Electric Vehicle look with a similar nose and bumper to the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
An 80% charge in 30 minutes can be achieved by this charging unit compared with the normal 8 hours in Japan (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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An 80% charge in 30 minutes can be achieved by this charging unit compared with the normal 8 hours in Japan (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
Lower spec models have black colored bumpers front and rear for that tough look (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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Lower spec models have black colored bumpers front and rear for that tough look (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
An output of 1000 w is available over 8 hours to power equipment such as this work light (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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An output of 1000 w is available over 8 hours to power equipment such as this work light (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The charging socket is located in the front nose, just as in the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The charging socket is located in the front nose, just as in the LEAF (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The press attending the World launch at Nissan HQ were very interested in Nissan`s latest EV (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The press attending the World launch at Nissan HQ were very interested in Nissan`s latest EV (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
This color scheme and accessories could be a future option. This e-NV-200 will star in the Japanese TV series Ultraman
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This color scheme and accessories could be a future option. This e-NV-200 will star in the Japanese TV series Ultraman
The e-NV-200 being introduced in Yokohama by Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer and Executive Vice President Takao Katagiri (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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The e-NV-200 being introduced in Yokohama by Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer and Executive Vice President Takao Katagiri (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
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In October this year, Nissan will enter the commercial zero-emissions vehicle market when its e-NV200 van goes on sale in Japan. The company officially introduced the vehicle during a launch display event at Nissan HQ in Yokohama, earlier this month. Gizmag dropped in for a closer look.

Nissan's new EV uses technology borrowed from its first zero-emissions vehicle, the LEAF. The e-NV200's styling has been changed from its gasoline powered brother in an effort to both differentiate it as the electric version and convey a family-friendly look.

The e-NV200 will be available as a five or seven seat wagon as well as a standard van, with or without rear side windows. Nissan says this will enable the e-NV-200 to appeal to commercial as well recreational users. The interior then can be optioned to your required number of seats which are all fold-able, including the front passenger seat.

This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

Nissan says it has focused on technology that reduces energy consumption to enable the van to deliver a range of approximately 185 km (115 mi) and a top speed of 123 km/h (76 mph). This technology includes an accelerator pedal that reduces excessive pressure and also emits a clicking sound to warn of this excess. Also available as standard is an air con system that uses smart phone technology to either pre-cool or preheat the cabin. On cold days though, the standard fitment of a heated front seat together with a heated steering wheel, might be just enough to keep the cold at bay.

One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

At the Yokohama launch display, Nissan was keen to highlight the van's potential uses within the light commercial vehicle market. Many of these displays emphasized the vehicle's ability to act as a mobile power source. With two power outlets and a maximum total output of 1500 kWh, electricity is available for both internal and external use. Nissan is also promoting the idea that the e-NV-200 can provide all the power to your office (or home) in emergencies.

With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

The e-NV200 has an external length of 4560 mm, a width of 1755 mm, a height of 1850-5 mm and the internal volume figures remain almost the same from the gasoline NV-200. As in the LEAF, Nissan has installed the battery pack under the floor and mounted it centrally. This positioning not only maximizes interior space to 3600 liters but also gives the e-NV200 a good stable platform to carry loads of up to 600 kg.

Power is supplied by a 24 kWh battery pack to an 80 kW motor driving the front wheels. A full charge (in Japan) will take 8 hours from a normal outlet or just 30 minutes from a special quick charge installation, giving you an 80 percent charge.

The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

Prices in Japan on launch are expected to be from 3,880,440 to 4,786,580 yen ($38,071 to $46,962) covering 8 variations of body and trim level. These figures do include consumption tax, but exclude government eco-car subsidies.

Product page: Nissan (Japan)

In October this year, Nissan will enter the commercial zero-emissions vehicle market when its e-NV200 van goes on sale in Japan. The company officially introduced the vehicle during a launch display event at Nissan HQ in Yokohama, earlier this month. Gizmag dropped in for a closer look.

Nissan's new EV uses technology borrowed from its first zero-emissions vehicle, the LEAF. The e-NV200's styling has been changed from its gasoline powered brother in an effort to both differentiate it as the electric version and convey a family-friendly look.

The e-NV200 will be available as a five or seven seat wagon as well as a standard van, with or without rear side windows. Nissan says this will enable the e-NV-200 to appeal to commercial as well recreational users. The interior then can be optioned to your required number of seats which are all fold-able, including the front passenger seat.

This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
This second row seat is intended as just occasional seating and can be easily folded up when not in use so maximizing the load area (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

Nissan says it has focused on technology that reduces energy consumption to enable the van to deliver a range of approximately 185 km (115 mi) and a top speed of 123 km/h (76 mph). This technology includes an accelerator pedal that reduces excessive pressure and also emits a clicking sound to warn of this excess. Also available as standard is an air con system that uses smart phone technology to either pre-cool or preheat the cabin. On cold days though, the standard fitment of a heated front seat together with a heated steering wheel, might be just enough to keep the cold at bay.

One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
One proposed use for the e-NV-200 is on a construction site where it can power external equipment such as lighting (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

At the Yokohama launch display, Nissan was keen to highlight the van's potential uses within the light commercial vehicle market. Many of these displays emphasized the vehicle's ability to act as a mobile power source. With two power outlets and a maximum total output of 1500 kWh, electricity is available for both internal and external use. Nissan is also promoting the idea that the e-NV-200 can provide all the power to your office (or home) in emergencies.

With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
With two power outlets giving a combined 1500 kWh, there is enough power to open a mobile cafe (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

The e-NV200 has an external length of 4560 mm, a width of 1755 mm, a height of 1850-5 mm and the internal volume figures remain almost the same from the gasoline NV-200. As in the LEAF, Nissan has installed the battery pack under the floor and mounted it centrally. This positioning not only maximizes interior space to 3600 liters but also gives the e-NV200 a good stable platform to carry loads of up to 600 kg.

Power is supplied by a 24 kWh battery pack to an 80 kW motor driving the front wheels. A full charge (in Japan) will take 8 hours from a normal outlet or just 30 minutes from a special quick charge installation, giving you an 80 percent charge.

The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)
The driving environment is designed to be clear and simple and workman like (Photo: Meiko Katahira)

Prices in Japan on launch are expected to be from 3,880,440 to 4,786,580 yen ($38,071 to $46,962) covering 8 variations of body and trim level. These figures do include consumption tax, but exclude government eco-car subsidies.

Product page: Nissan (Japan)

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Daishi
A 24 kWh battery seems a bit small for a van. I was wondering what the cost/kWh for Li-Ion packs are and found a couple source (forbes in Feb 2014 and WSJ in Sep 2013) that said costs are around $500/kWH. I found another source that estimated costs at $260/kWH but it doesn't appear to be accurate.
Forbes said Musk is hoping to bring prices down from $500/kWh to $300 with gigafactory and if $200/kWh prices are ever achieved it would put EV costs almost in line with gas vehicles.
That puts the 24 kWh battery cost at $12k. I get that not everyone would want to pay $50k base for one with a 230 mile range but it seems like people would probably be willing to pay another $6k for another 58 miles of range. Tesla actually killed off the 40 kWh model S because nobody picked it over the 60 and 85 kWH versions.
As long as battery prices keep falling at 10-15%/year it should get interesting either way.
christopher
@Daishi "put EV costs almost in line with gas vehicles" - you're forgetting to factor in the cost of fuel and servicing - even just servicing: I've spent more than the price of my entire diesel SUV in engine maintenance over its lifetime.