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Sneak Peak: Nissan’s E-NV200 All-Electric Minivan Spotted In The Wild |

For the past two years, Nissan has been quietly testing the eNV200—an all-electric version of its NV200 minivan—deployed in limited numbers in corporate fleets in Europe, New York, and Asia. Based on Nissan’s NV200 minivan, which has been sold all around the world in a variety of markets for a number of years, the eNV200 is not powered by a gasoline engine—but by the same motor, controller and battery pack found in a production Nissan LEAF.

I was lucky enough to come face-to-face yesterday with one of the electric minivans, when I called into my local Nissan dealership to get my LEAF booked for minor remedial paint repair before winter. Just months away from the eNV200’s official launch in Europe, this late 2011 prototype—which has been on loan for the past two years to various corporate fleets in the UK including FedEX and British Gas—gives a tantalizing glimpse into what the finished production version will be like.

Nissan has said that the NV200 was designed from the beginning to be powered by a variety of fuels, including diesel, petrol, and electricity. That’s probably one reason why the prototype appears so finished in its appearance, despite being one of only a handful of pre-production eNV200 vehicles worldwide.

As with the LEAF electric hatchback, the eNV200’s battery pack is located in the middle of the vehicle, under the load bay floor. There’s minimal intrusion into the cargo area, although it’s worth noting the load bay floor is slightly higher—about two inches higher—than the gasoline and diesel-powered NV200 variants, resulting in marginally less cargo volume.



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