Nissan e-NV200 (2014–)

Last updated 22 May 2019

Very comfortable and quiet, amazing running cost savings compared to diesel, absolutely no compromise on space or versatility.
Range anxiety won’t quite go away.
Updated 2 October 2017
40kWh battery added to e-NV200 with 124-mile range

Updated electric e-NV200 offers a 60 oer cent extended range of up to 174 miles NEDC. And, with no increase in size of the battery itself, customers will face no compromise in either load space or payload....

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As an ell-electric van with a theoretical three-figure mileage range and no compromise on loading capacity, Nissan is calling the e-NV200 a 'game changer'. That may well be the case, although the game started a while ago – Peugeot put the Partner Electric on sale in 2013 and Renault sells the Kangoo Z.E. 

Like the regular NV200, van and combi versions are available, making this the basis for extremely capacious family transport – and effectively the UK’s first all-electric MPV. As a workhorse, the e-NV200 van provides 4.2 cubic metres of load space and a maximum payload of 705kg. 

So without any practicality compromises, the only thing left to cause a van man any anxiety is that most anxiety-inducing issue of all electric vehicles: its range. And arguably it’s more prevalent here, because a van that runs out of charge during a delivery is a van that’s losing its business money. 

Nissan has worked hard to counter this problem, first of all by giving the e-NV200 batteries enough for a theoretical 106-mile range, which was extended to a maximum of 124-miles in 2017 with the fitment of a larger battery. 

Charging shouldn’t cause too much stress either, says Nissan. Find a ‘rapid’ battery charger capable of juicing the battery from 20 to 80 per cent from flat in 40 minutes. And there’s the good old home socket, of course, which is where most will find their power, overnight, depending on the amp rating of the supply, charging can take between four and 12 hours.

Nissan admits that the e-NV200 won’t work for everyone, but also estimates that around a third of vans on the road never do more than 80 miles in a day – a significant target market to entice into, as Nissan puts it, "never buying diesel again". 

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