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USA: Nissan and FedEx team up to test fleet of electric NV200s in London

Nissan and FedEx, the mail delivery company, have teamed up to test a fleet of Nissan NV200’s, which will be zero-emission all-electric vehicles (EV), on the streets of London. The fleet will be used to evaluate how the Nissan NV200 prototype electric vehicles perform in the daily grind of normal traffic.

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Nissan will provide FedEx with Nissan NV200 EVs for making deliveries and pick-ups of packages around London for 2 months. This will allow Nissan to collect data on how the vans operate in real world driving. The Nissan NV200 uses the same EV powertrain and battery that is fitted to the Nissan Leaf.

The Nissan Leaf has vaulted Nissan to the forefront of next-generation vehicle technology. The Nissan Leaf has won numerous accolades, such the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. Nissan has sold more than 20,000 Nissan Leafs, making it the best-selling all-electric car in the world.

The collaboration with FedEx represents Nissan’s next step in breaking into the EV market., trying to make these car viable for commercial uses for companies like FedEx. The Japan Post Service already tested a fleet of Nissan NV200 prototypes for delivering and collecting packages. It is expected that Nissan will want to do additional trial tests in 2012.

“Zero-emission vehicles like Nissan LEAF are already playing an increasingly significant environmental role in our towns and cities. The Nissan NV200 EV prototype delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life, but thanks to best in class running costs has great potential to ease the economic burdens placed on companies,” said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, “FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs.”
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