Earlier this year at 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Japanese automaker Nissan unveiled the 7-seat version of its all-electric e-NV200 minivan, the world’s first all-electric production vehicle to offer seating for seven adults.
Like the 5-seat Nissan e-NV200 minivan and e-NV200 cargo van on which it is based, the 7-seat e-NV200 is powered by the same 80 kilowatt electric motor found in the Nissan LEAF electric car. It also uses the same 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack as the LEAF, combining to offer an NEDC-rated range of 106 miles per charge and a real-world achievable range of between 60 and 80 miles, dependent on conditions and driving style.
Next month, it will go on sale in the UK for the first time, priced from £24,895 with a minimum monthly battery rental of £73.20 per month (6,000 miles per year for 36 months), or £28,400 with battery included for the entry-level e-NV200 Combi Acenta 7-Seat minivan. All prices are given ahead of UK government plug-in grant, which is listed at £5,000 for passenger-carrying vehicles.
Van variants of the e-NV200 — vehicles with less than two seats — are eligible for the UK’s £8,000 plug-in car grant for businesses.
Nissan says the 7-seat e-NV200 has been produced as a response to demand from customers around the world frustrated that the all-electric minivan was previously only available as a 5-seat model. Meanwhile, its internal combustion-engined sibling — the NV-200 — has been available as a 7-seat vehicle since its launch in 2009. In addition, Nissan is introducing its car-like, luxury e-NV200 Evalia to the market for the first time in both five and seven-seat variants.
In keeping with the rest of the e-NV200 range, the 7-seat versions of the e-NV200 will be available with various different trim levels, with the entry-level e-Nv200 Combi Acenta 7-Seat coming with just an on-board 3.3 kilowatt charger. The next model, the e-NV200 Combi Acenta Rapid 7-seat adds DC fast charging for an additional £845, while the e-NV200 Combi Acenta Rapid Plus 7-seat adds DC fast charging and an on-board 6.6 kilowatt charger for a further £655. Tekna variants — including rear view camera and around-view monitor system as well as other enhancements designed to make driving the e-NV200 more pleasurable — top out the Combi offerings.
Despite this however, the e-NV200 Combi is still essentially a van, with minimal trim in the rear of the vehicle and some exposed, painted body panels around the rear windows. The e-NV200 Evalia meanwhile, offers a full car-like interior with full, car-like trim on all panels, privacy glass for the rear, and more luxurious deep-pile carpet throughout rather than the Combi’s functional and utilitarian offering.
For those wanting the comfort of a car and the functionality of a traditional minivan, the e-NV200 Evalia will be the logical choice, coming in at £23,400 with battery rental or £31,280 with batteries included for the five-seat e-NV200 Evalia Tekna, while the high-end Evalia Tekna Rapid Plus 7-Seat is available from £27,255 with battery rental and £32,260 with batteries included.
Sadly, there’s no news if the e-NV200 will make it to the U.S. in either cargo or minivan format, with rumors suggesting that Nissan is waiting until it has a longer-range battery pack before targeting the versatile but short-range vehicle to U.S. buyers.
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