Nissan e-NV200 Concept NAIAS 2012


Nissan says: The concept “previews a near-future production version of a full electric vehicle designed to provide business or families with flexible, roomy interior space, while achieving a dramatic CO2 footprint reduction"

Spec Sheet: The eNV200 uses the complete drivetrain from the Leaf, which means it has a 80 kW AC electric motor and a 24 kWh battery pack. 

The eNV200 Concept from Nissan takes the small vanette that won the New York City Taxi contest and mates it with the Leaf's drivetrain.  A test fleet of this concept is currently under evaluation.  To ensure this electric vehicle bears some corporate resemblance to its cousin, Nissan has grafted a new nose on the van.  Complete with a center changing port door (I would just call it a flap) and a new lower fascia, it does indeed look similar to the Leaf.   The rear sports clear lens "Altezza-style" tail lamps and the wheels are finished in the light blue hue that is becoming de rigueur for electric and hybrid vehicles.  The exterior body is painted in a customized version of Aqua Blue which is intended to "express a sense of environmental friendliness".    Inside the concept includes the aforementioned blue accents, and a center cluster that functions like a tablet computer.  At the introduction Nissan even fed the press chili dogs from a Cheli's Chili Bar converted van (for those who don't know Cheli's Chili Bar belongs to former professional hockey play Chris Chelios).  By the way, I enjoyed the chili dogs much more than the grilled cheese from the NV van at the Los Angeles show.  The NV200 has been in production in Europe since 2009 but the NY City taxi version will be built at Nissan's plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  There is no word on where the eNV200 would be built but this concept looks like a no-brainer.