Zero emission van set for 2014 release

If you're a fleet manager who deals with a large number of vans, you may be interested to hear about a new zero emission vehicle that is set to hit the market.

Nissan recently announced that its first electric van, the e-NV200, is now in its final development stage and a release date has been set for 2014.

The e-NV200 is the second mass production electric vehicle in the Japanese manufacturer's lineup, following their wildly successful Nissan LEAF.

With the LEAF having established itself as a leader in the electric car market, Nissan is now ready to take on the light van segment with its e-NV200.

"e-NV200 represents a bold and innovative addition to our commercial vehicle range, which is already one of the broadest of any manufacturer," said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president of Nissan Motor Co., in a September 7 news release.

The e-NV200 uses much of the same technology that made the LEAF one of the world's top green cars, while also introducing more zero emission innovations.

For example, commercial fleets had been consulted to test out the e-NV200, and one of its features they praised the most was the low noise level that came with zero emissions.

Those who had driven the van were quick to point out its "exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness", which makes it an ideal fleet vehicle for use at all times of the day.

Mr Murakami also emphasised that developing such an environmentally-friendly van did not come at the cost of practicality and comfort.

"The e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutants at the point of use," he said.

"What's more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs."