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Nissan takes camper vans fully electric with new e-NV200 pop-top

Nissan takes camper vans fully...
Nissan has added a pair of camper vans to its Spanish fleet
Nissan has added a pair of camper vans to its Spanish fleet
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Nissan has added a pair of camper vans to its Spanish fleet
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Nissan has added a pair of camper vans to its Spanish fleet
The camper vans Nissan showed at the Madrid Motor Show included awnings and storage racks
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The camper vans Nissan showed at the Madrid Motor Show included awnings and storage racks
Designed by Bram Technologies, the interiors are compact but functional, providing everything you need at camp
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Designed by Bram Technologies, the interiors are compact but functional, providing everything you need at camp
The kitchen block includes a stove, sink and small fridge/freezer
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The kitchen block includes a stove, sink and small fridge/freezer
Both models come with a folding-seat bed, and the NV300 also has a pop-up roof bed
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Both models come with a folding-seat bed, and the NV300 also has a pop-up roof bed
While Nissan's announcement speaks of the e-NV200, its photos show the gas NV200 variant. The camper conversion package will be offered on both electric and gas variants
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While Nissan's announcement speaks of the e-NV200, its photos show the gas NV200 variant. The camper conversion package will be offered on both electric and gas variants
Nissan experiments with an e-NV200 camper. Are buyers ready for an all-electric camper van?
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Nissan experiments with an e-NV200 camper. Are buyers ready for an all-electric camper van?
Nissan is offering camper van buyers a direct option, no need to go through a third-party conversion shop
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Nissan is offering camper van buyers a direct option, no need to go through a third-party conversion shop
Nissan's new camper vans are rolling out to Spanish dealerships in time for summer
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Nissan's new camper vans are rolling out to Spanish dealerships in time for summer
With a roof bed, Nissan's camper van becomes a four sleeper
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With a roof bed, Nissan's camper van becomes a four sleeper
The floor rails add flexibility to positioning of the rear bench
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The floor rails add flexibility to positioning of the rear bench
Nissan showed its new camper vans at the Madrid auto show in May
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Nissan showed its new camper vans at the Madrid auto show in May
Nissan NV200 camper van
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Nissan NV200 camper van
The pop-up roof opens up standing room inside
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The pop-up roof opens up standing room inside
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Electric camper vans have so far existed only as concepts, one-offs or limited edition conversions, but now one of the biggest authorities in electric vehicles is stepping into the game with its own electric camper van. At last month's Madrid Motor Show, Nissan showed a new pair of NV camper vans and announced an e-NV200 camper van to go along with them. Whether you fill up with gas or juice up with electricity, Nissan's new camper vans are a smart, compact way of touring country and continent.

Nissan announced the first deliveries of its new extended-range 40-kWh e-NV200 van in Madrid, the same day it showed the new camper vans. It would seem Nissan sees the boosted 124-mile (200-km) combined range (WLTP) as sufficient to experiment with a camper van version. The new e-NV200s are built in Barcelona, and the camper van version is being launched in the Spanish market.

The e-NV200 is clearly the most interesting in Nissan's new camper van lineup, but Nissan shows gas NV200 and NV300 models in its photos while stating that the modifications will also be available for the e-NV200.

Nissan has revealed the most information about the larger NV300 model, which features a compact but efficient layout that includes a pop-up sleeper roof, standing height interior, kitchen block with stove, sink and refrigerator, removable table that attaches to the kitchen block, swivel front seats, interior heating, and gas and water systems. There are also floor rails for more flexibility in positioning the rear bench.

Designed by Bram Technologies, the interiors are compact but functional, providing everything you need at camp
Designed by Bram Technologies, the interiors are compact but functional, providing everything you need at camp

Of the e-NV200/NV200, Nissan mentions only that it offers a folding-seat bed, cabin heating and window shades.

Nissan does say that Spain's Bram Technologies is its conversion partner in creating the vans. Bram offers both a "Weekender" sleeper package and a "Pacific" full camper (includes kitchen) for the e-NV200.

Available equipment and specs may vary between Bram's packages and the official Nissan campers, but for reference, Bram's Pacific kit includes folding rear bench and pop-up roof beds, an electrical system with AGM battery, 12V outlets and USB ports, a 40L fridge/2L freezer, an optional Webasto heater and an optional 140-W solar panel.

Nissan is offering camper van buyers a direct option, no need to go through a third-party conversion shop
Nissan is offering camper van buyers a direct option, no need to go through a third-party conversion shop

Nissan isn't the first to have an e-NV200 camper van, as British conversion shop Hillside Leisure developed its Dalbury E several years ago. It will be interesting to see if the broader reach of Nissan's name and dealership network helps to popularize the idea of an all-electric camper van or if electrics remain a forgotten fraction of a sliver of the camper market. We imagine we'll still have to wait for the production Volkswagen I.D. Buzz to really see electric camper vans take off.

The Nissan e-NV200, NV200 and NV300 camper vans are launching only in Spain for now and will be available with a variety of customization options at Nissan dealerships there.

Source: Nissan

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4 comments
J Scott
LOVE the colors - finally, a vehicle that looks fun & cheerful - not just "tough" or "corporate". Compact & snug - perfect for short trips. Thank you!
Tom Lee Mullins
I don't think I would want an all electric camper RV. One could get stuck out in a place without electricity and no way of recharging the batteries. Perhaps if it was a hybrid or a fuel cell battery hybrid, I would be interested.
Gannet
Bring it on! Needs a bit more range than 200kms of course.
Magnus Ekman
Both agreeing and disagreeing with Tom Lee Mullins, there needs to be a way to extend range, but I believe the most logical way should be to completely cover the van in solar panels and possibly an additional generator to charge even if there is no sun or if you simply don’t want to wait for the sun to give enough charge to get to the next charging station. A generator would make it a hybrid vehicle though I guess.