This is the car for you if… you want a small but mighty electric van that can get you around jobs on a single charge of 124 miles.
What do you get when you cross the pioneering Nissan Leaf with the award-winning Nissan NV-200 van? The answer is the Nissan e-NV200: an adaptable all-electric van that’s compact on the outside but spacious on the inside.
Nissan is no stranger to producing electric vehicles. So it’s hardly surprising to discover the e-NV200 has been around since 2014. But in 2018 it was given a significant overhaul, with a much bigger 40kWh battery. This increased the vehicle’s range by 60%. So you can now travel more than 100 miles on a single charge. In fact, the WLTP range is 124 miles. And if you drive the e-NV200 economically – by using some of the features within the Acenta model – you’ll likely stretch it even further.
The revamped e-NV200 also comes with rapid charging as standard. So there are now three ways of charging this lightweight van: using a wall box to fast charge in 7.5 hours, a domestic plug or at a CHAdeMO rapid charging station while out on your travels.
These two updates make the e-NV200 instantly more appealing to anyone worried about their electric van conking out halfway to a job. But focusing on just the battery performance of the e-NV200 alone overlooks all the other smart features on this popular van.
For this lightweight commercial vehicle has plenty of big selling points. There’s its size for a start. It’s a small van but taller than most others in the category, with a load height of 52cm. Giving you rear cargo space to comfortably fit two pallets. Not to mention high sides for easily installing upfitter racks and bins.
Despite the increased battery capacity, this sturdy compact van can pack in 701kg. Having the batteries fitted in the floor also gives the e-NV200 a lower centre of gravity. You’ll notice this when driving, as it helps this nippy van to grip the road tightly and handle securely on corners.
Driving is also incredibly smooth. There’s instant acceleration when you put your foot down and no gears to crunch through. Plus it’s a refreshingly quiet drive, without a diesel motor rumbling beneath the bonnet.
How you drive this electric van will determine how far you can travel on a single charge. There’s an Eco mode to limit acceleration. And a B-mode to bring in stronger regenerative braking and recharge the battery on the move. Or try cruise control to maintain a steady speed.
The Acenta trim also comes with plenty of creature comforts inside the van, like air conditioning and heated front seats. Connect your smartphone using Bluetooth so you can make calls on the move. Or navigate to your next job using the journey planner on the touchscreen display.
If you run a fleet of vehicles, the NissanConnect EV telematics system is a handy way to digitally track and log driver reports. Then there are the new business opportunities that going all-electric open up. Like night-time deliveries, thanks to the lack of engine noise from the e-NV200. And when you factor in the lack of petrol costs, oil changes or transmission services needed, why wouldn’t you consider making the switch to all-electric?
Our three favourite e-NV200 features
- Don’t be fooled by the e-NV200’s compact size, as this clever van can pack a large load inside. And thanks to its taller-than-normal sides, there’s a lot more height than you’d get in an otherwise small van.
- Need to write out an invoice or assemble a part while out on a job? The passenger seat handily folds down into a table top ready for use.
- If a hot day is forecast, use the e-NV200’s intelligent key to remotely activate the aircon while the van’s still on charge. So it’s cool for when you set off, without eating into your battery power.
You’ll like the Nissan eNV200 if you… want a compact, efficient van that can transport larger loads than others in its category.