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Nissan e-NV200 Concept: Detroit Auto Show


author photo by Nick Jaynes January 2012
  • Nissan unveils its e-NV200 Concept vehicle at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show
  • A small, fully electric van with drivetrain components similar to the LEAF
  • Near-future production ready, the e-NV200 is aimed at businesses and families

After the success of its LEAF electric vehicle, Nissan has put together an all-electric concept version of its popular NV200 small van. With a compact exterior and a versatile interior along with a LEAF-comparable range, the e-NV200 is ideal for businesses and families hoping to limit the cost van ownership.

The standard NV200 exterior has been modified to reflect e-NV200’s electric underpinnings. The hood has been widened and the headlights are more sweeping, with LED-illuminated accents. Large front windows combine with a pair of large glass roof panels to create a light, open interior feel.

The interior, too, has been tweaked. Similar to the LEAF, the e-NV200 has EV meters and blue-colored accents, as well as a bright interior color pallet. The e-NV200 interior also features advanced multimedia systems and a flat C-cluster display that resembles and responds like a tablet computer.

Nissan emphasizes the e-NV200’s “fun-to-drive experience.” Nissan placed all 48 compact lithium-ion battery modules underneath the unibody floor, allowing for maximized storage and interior accessibility. The battery modules power an 80kW electric motor, which produces 207 pound-feet of torque. Unlike gasoline engines, an electric motor has its entire power payload available from a standstill. With an on-demand power band, the e-NV200 (like all electric cars) provides a smooth, comfortable driving feel.

What it means to you: If put into production, the e-NV200 would be the first all-electric van for sale in North America.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Nissan e-NV200 Concept: Detroit Auto Show - Autotrader