Over in Europe the Nissan e-NV200 is proving popular with commercial buyers wanting a low-cost electric vehicle that takes advantage of rebates and tax breaks. Initially launched as a two-seat cargo van and five-passenger people hauler, the Nissan e-NV200 is expanding to offer seating for seven due to popular demand. Sales begin soon in the UK, with the rest of Europe and Asia likely to follow. But what about us?
Starting at £24,895/$38,300 with a monthly battery rental charge of £73/$112 per month good for 6,000 miles per year for 3 years, or £28,400/$43,700 with battery included for the base e-NV200 Combi Acenta 7-Seat minivan. Those prices are before the £5,000/$7,700 plug-in vehicle grant for passenger-carrying vehicles. While the NV-200 that the e-NV200 is based on has offered a seven-passenger variant since 2009, only now is Nissan ready to offer an electric version with the same versatility.
Despite the increased passenger capacity, the drivetrain remains unchanged. The e-NV200 packing a 24 kWh battery and 80 kW electric motor as the LEAF, which is rated at 84 miles per charge on the U.S. testing cycle but 105 miles on the easier-to-take-advantage-of European model. Depending on trim level, you can get a seven-passenger e-NV200 with either minimal interior trim for taxi service, or a much more luxurious minivan-style outfitting for a more family than commercial feel. However, if you need that extra space, all seven seats can be folded up, offering nearly as much cargo space as the dedicated utility version or party bus.
Unfortunately for Americans eager to get an electric cargo or passenger van of their own, Nissan remains reluctant to offer the e-NV200 to US customers. It might be waiting for the rumored longer-range battery pack, though I don’t see the harm in merely offering it, even on a limited basis. Then again, I’m not being paid to run one of the world’s largest automakers.