Nissan ready to roll out electric commercial car

After extensive developments, Nissan has finally announced it is ready to release its first 100 per cent electric commercial vehicle.

The Nissan e-NV200 is the second model in the Japanese manufacturer's electric vehicle lineup. It is the next addition to the Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric car aimed at the consumer market.

Produced around the world, predominantly at Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain, the e-NV200 will initially be released in the Japanese market in fiscal year 2014 before being available worldwide. Nissan has stated production will commence in mid-2014.

The e-NV200 is the perfect electric vehicle solution for any fleet manager who has vans in their lineup. While offering the space and practicality you'd expect from a traditional van, the e-NV200 also produces zero emissions during operation, according to a November 14 media release.

Even before its official release, numerous trials are being lined up to see how it will fare as a mass fleet vehicle. For example, the city of Yokohama - Nissan's hometown - is planning to use the e-NV200 in its public service fleets.

Yokohama is also teaming up with Barcelona to see where the e-NV200 fits in with their plans of developing "smart cities" that actively reduce their carbon footprint. The Spanish city is considering implementing the e-NV200 into its taxi fleets, aided by the installation of quick charging points and EV-dedicated parking spots around the area.

Despite tapping into an entirely different market segment, the e-NV200 relies heavily on the success of Nissan's flagship EV. The e-NV200 uses the same powertrain found in the LEAF to offer smooth acceleration and a quiet drive.

An added bonus is that according to Nissan, the e-NV200 boasts the lowest operating costs in the commercial vehicle sector, which is inevitable given its lower fuel consumption.