Due to requests from businesses and fleets alike, Nissan has recently announced that it will be bringing forward the launch of its latest iteration in the electric vehicle line-up – a seven seat version of the all-electric e-NV200.
A seven seat version of the revolutionary van has always been part of Nissan's vision, fulfilling drivers' need for an electric vehicle that can move a larger number of people. The uses of course are limitless. From taxi fleets to shuttle services and even to large families, the seven seat e-NV200 Evalia offers a zero-emission solution.
Nissan Europe's director of electric vehicles, Jean-Pierre Diernaz explains the introduction, commenting: “We have always planned to offer a higher-seating capacity version of the Nissan e-NV200. Marketplace demand has meant we have moved this introduction forward by several months to satisfy this need. Nissan has had requests from taxi companies, VIP transfer services, hotels and private motorists who are interested in buying this uniquely flexible and capable vehicle."
The seven seat version of the e-NV200 has been configured with maximum versatility in mind. With two seats in the front, three in the middle and two in the rear, both the second and third rows can be folded to allow for multiple uses – luggage, shopping, even sports equipment to be carried. The second row rolls forward and the third row folds to the sides to open up nearly 3 cubic metres of capacity, which is enough to transport three bicycles with the wheels in place, unique in this class.
For increased passenger comfort the seven seat passenger version comes equipped with additional rear air conditioning which maintains a more even temperature through the whole of the cabin – even for those in the third row.
Available with the CHAdeMO quick charging system, this new model can quickly access the most widely installed rapid charging system in Europe today with 1,500 accessible points. This allows businesses or drivers to extend journeys or do multiple short journeys in a day with a quick top up.
The van and five seat versions of the e-NV200 were launched summer 2014 and have already met with a very positive reception with orders from taxi companies across Europe. Unsurprised by this interest, Diernaz commented: “The benefits are clear, electricity as a fuel is much cheaper than diesel, even with the recent drop in prices. Maintenance is 40 percent cheaper and the vehicle is quieter, smoother and faster than the diesel equivalent."