Nissan working on new electric NV300 and NV400 vans
Nissan is working on all-electric versions of the NV300 and NV400. The new medium and large electric vans could enter production within the next two years and rival the Mercedes-Benz eVito and Volkswagen eCrafter.
The electric vans are part of a wide-scale commercial vehicle push from Nissan, with updated versions of the NV300, NV400 and Navara going on sale in September 2019. Nissan is also replacing the NV200 small van with the new Renault Kangoo-based NV250.
The revised NV300 will benefit from more power and lower running costs, says Nissan, with the 1.6-litre dCi engine getting a new twin-turbocharger and the option of an automatic gearbox. The NV400 will get a styling facelift in 2019 and new turbodiesel engines, which should improve fuel economy and lower tailpipe emissions.
Both the new NV300 and NV400 will meet the latest Euro 6d-Temp emission standards, which are mandatory for the majority of new vans being sold in the UK from September 2019 onwards.
The 2019 Navara is also due to get an extensive range up upgrades, which Nissan says will make the one-tonne pick-up more comfortable and refined. King Cab variants will get the same five-link suspension set-up with coil springs as the double cab model, while engine updates will lower emissions and improve economy.
Nissan has told Honest John Vans that electric versions of the NV300 and NV400 are in development. Paolo D’Ettore director of light commercial vehicles at Nissan Europe said: “We are studying how to expand the electrification of our LCV line-up. And yes we are looking into NV300 and NV400. I'm not prepared to share the date (for the UK launch) but we are talking relatively short-term."
Paolo D’Ettore revealed that an all-new version of the electric e-NV200 is also in the works and will be sold alongside the NV250, with the latter being the sole combustion engine option in the Nissan small van line-up.