With the same 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack found in the Nissan LEAF, CHAdeMO quick charge capability an NEDC-approved range of 170 kilometers (105 miles) per charge, Nissan’s all-new electric e-NV200 cargo van and e-NV200 Evalia family-friendly minivan certainly got our attention last week at the Geneva Motor show.
Now, the vehicles have our attention even more with the news that they will go on sale in Germany this year from just €29,819 euros ($41,400 U.S., £24,979) including battery, or as low as €24,157 ($33,600, £20,236) for customers who opt to lease, rather than buy the battery pack.
That’s essentially the same price territory as the all-electric, five-seat Nissan LEAF hatchback, which sells in Germany from €29,690 including battery or €23,790 with a battery lease. We’d caution however that these prices are probably just for the cargo-carrying version and not for the higher-spec Evalia — which we’d expect to cost a little more. These prices also include Germany’s standard 19 percent Value Added Tax, hinting that U.S. prices could be even lower.
As Auto-Motor-Und-Sport reports (via electrive) the all-electric e-NV200 cargo van will feature the same payload and interior volume as Nissan’s popular diesel and gasoline-powered NV200 vans, which are already on sale in many different markets around the world. Likewise, the 5-seat Evalia variant will feature the same interior space and functionality as the internal combustion engined NV200 Evalia, although at the current time we believe the electric variant will be available in five-seat only configuration instead of the seven-seat optional third-row of the ICE version.
We’re still waiting for Nissan to release official final trim specification for base-model e-NV200s, but expect the base model Van and Evalia to match Nissan’s base-model LEAF in terms of trim. That would equate to a 3.3 kilowatt on-board charger as standard and CHAdeMO DC quick charge as an optional extra on base model vans, but included as standard with perhaps 6.6 kW on-board capabilities for higher-trim versions. Of course, we won’t know for sure until Nissan releases further information.
What we can tell you from the Geneva Motor Show display e-NV200 vans however, is that the dashboard has received a substantial upgrade from Nissan’s early e-NV200 prototype vehicles. Gone is the two-level dashboard from the Nissan LEAF and in its place a less cluttered and simpler-looking digital speedometer, with the speed clearly displayed at the top of the gauge, power levels displayed on a linear graph, and battery capacity displayed beneath above a predicted range readout.
Battery capacity statistics, along with trip meters, are displayed to the right of this on what we’d presume is a more user-configurable display.
Gone too is the hockey-puck style shifter of the LEAF, the early electronic parking brake of early LEAF models, and the foot-operated parking brake of the current LEAF. In their place is a more conventional automatic gearbox-style shifter and a more traditional hand-operated parking brake. This, says Nissan, is to facilitate the transition between electric and internal-combustion engine variants of the NV200 for fleet drivers, but we’d also suggest it makes for a more familiar transition for first-time EV drivers from gasoline to electric.
While the cargo variant of the e-NV200 can be configured in a multitude of ways, including sliding side doors, single or double rear access doors, and a dividing wall between the cabin and the cargo area, the 5-seat, higher-spec Evalia comes with dual sliding doors for rear-seat access, tray tables for the second-row passengers, and more than enough luggage space for your average 2.5 kid family with pets.
As proven this week, it’s also ideal for live as a taxi cab, with several fleets across Europe already showing interest in the e-NV200 as their preferred future fleet vehicle of choice.
Nissan has yet to release official pricing for the rest of Europe or the U.S, but we’ll of course bring them to you as soon as we have them.
While the German e-NV200 pricing places Nissan’s first mass-produced electric van at a higher price point than the French-made Renault Kangoo Z.E., we think the rapid-charge capabilities of the Spanish-made e-NV200 will give it a distinct advantage against its French competitor, since the Kangoo Z.E. only has a maximum on-board charge capability of 3.3 kilowatts with no rapid charge capabilities whatsoever.
Are you excited by the e-NV200? Do you think it’s the perfect match for your family or your business? Or are minivans just *so* out of fashion?
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