Nissan and FedEx Will Test e-NV200 In Brazil
The e-NV200 van is produced by Nissan and is the manufacturer's second 100% electrical vehicle, after the Leaf model. It is not yet being produced, as it is just a prototype under testing. Nissan teamed up with FedEx to perform such tests, where the van is used for distribution. So far, the van tried out in Japan, United Kingdom and Singapore, and is now set to be tested in Brazil. The next stage will be Washington DC, in the US.
The e-NV200 van uses an electric motor and a single-speed transmission that powers the front wheels. Just like the Leaf model, it has a 24-kWh battery pack to store power, which is mounted under the van's floor. These two models are said to have an autonomy of about 100 miles (160 km). This van is highly based in the NV200 model, with several modifications both on the inside and on the outside.
After the aforementioned countries, the Nissan e-NV200 is now roaming the roads of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is delivering FedEx packages, which is a perfect job to test the capabilities of this van. The results of this test, together with the results from the previous (and future) cities, will be valuable in order to perfect the e-NV200, which is set for production later this year in Barcelona, Spain.
These tests are important not only for Nissan but also for the electrical vehicle market, as they might provide important data on how such cargo vehicles behave in our modern cities. In an era where environmental issues are under the spotlight, electrical cars will surely be an important part of our mobility in the future.
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Diogo Costa • International Innovations