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USA: Nissan & FedEx developing e-NV200 electric delivery van

Nissan unveiled their all-new 100% electric Panel Van version e-NV200 Concept, decorated with Nissan and FedEx graphics and logos, this week at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover.

Nissan has been working with FedEx Express since December 2011 to test the e-NV200 in real world operations to help shape development of the 100% electric compact delivery vehicle. FedEx Express currently operates 130 all-electric vehicles worldwide in several configurations including step vans and larger, making the company an ideal collaborator for this research and development initiative.
View slideshow: Nissan & FedEx developing e-NV200 electric delivery van

Estimates from the research firm Frost and Sullivan suggest the global market demand for light duty electric commercial delivery vehicles in Europe and North America will be in the area of 200,000 by 2016. The largest demand is thought to be in Europe where the motivation to find cheaper alternatives to oil and gas, address environmental issues along with greater governmental support and incentives is driving commercial operators to embrace the electric commercial delivery van faster than in the US.

In the period from now until 2016, over 80% of that demand will be in Europe or 8-10% of the light duty truck market. Therefore the primary development of the all electric light duty commercial van has focused in Europe.

Nissan is now in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle (Nissan LEAF was the first), the e-NV200 compact van. Electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications, and this vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van that offers a breakthrough type of mobility for all types of business from entrepreneurs to parcel delivery giants like FedEx, featuring efficiency and green consciousness.


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