Overview of the Nissan e-NV200
Want your business to have a greener image? If you’re on the lookout for a large electric van, there is no better place to start than the Nissan e-NV200, an EV that outsold all others in 2016 in Europe. It’s the biggest all-electric van on the market right now, and boasts affordable running costs, excellent drivability, and plenty of space.
Being based on both the NV200 van and the Nissan Leaf Hatchback it has all but guaranteed a solid driving experience. In the city on congested streets, it feels right at home. For drivers who need to negotiate tight turns on a day-to-day basis, it’s absolutely ideal. Add in the green image, and there’s a lot to be intrigued by.
Here is what it’s all about:
On The Road
254Nm of torque is produced almost instantly from the 109bhp electric motor as you put your foot down. As a result, despite being the largest EV van on sale, it’s nimble and nippy in the city. It’s a joy to drive.
The electric motor is super responsive, while the single-gear ration ensures driving in a traffic jam has never been this easy for van drivers (though it’ll never be fun!). While there are no gears to change, you might find yourself spending time with the braking mode.
The biggest caveat is that this is a car strictly for the towns and cities. You can take it out onto faster roads, but it will feel out of its depth. On the motorway, the electric motor winds down somewhat.
The ride bounces too much on an empty load, and body lean in bends is noticeable. Still, its light steering and torquey motor mean that it’s a lot more entertaining than the conventional diesel-powered NV200 van.
Top speed is 76mph when the batteries are fully charged, but this drops to 60mph when the charge is running down. This is so that the van can extend its range.
Nissan claims the e-NV200 electric van has a range of 106 miles, which is impressive for such a big van. A full charge should take no more than eight hours if you’re using a domestic plug, but you can cut that time in half if you use the standard 6.6kW built-in rapid charging system that comes with the Tekna Rapid model (hence the name).
In real-world conditions, you should expect to get 70 miles out of a single charge which, if you stick to the towns and cities, should be more than okay for most buyers. Take the van out of the city, and you might struggle to find a charging point when you need it the most.
Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Interior, Design & Build
Inside, there isn’t too much that sets this apart from the diesel-powered NV200. Nissan has added a few components from the popular Leaf Hatchback, such as the instrument display, steering wheel, and a gloss black centre section that integrates the radio, air conditioning and sat-nav.
Other than that, it’s as you were.
The gear selector is nice and small, which gives you more room in what is an otherwise cluttered cab area around the driver. Still, headroom is good.
The higher-spec model gets a system known as CarWings, which effectively allows you to use your smartphone to start the air conditioning before you even step inside the van. You can also use the app to monitor your battery levels, as well as use the stop and start charging.
Load space is good, and the Nissan e-NV200 doesn’t lose out compared to its diesel sibling. It gets the same 4.2 cubic metres of rear volume, as well as a 2.04m load bay. A folding passenger seat is optional, and because it can be extended by as much as 2.8 metres, you get a load more space to load your longer items.
The payload is actually better in this electric variant than it is in the diesel variant. Here, you get 770kg. However, while the batteries are neatly tucked away beneath the floor, loading height is limited to 524mm.
Rear sliding doors on each side make access easy, though you can specify double doors or lifting tailgate for even more ease of use. Six load lashing points come as standard on all models, and you also get a bulkhead which can be specified in either windowed, full steel or tubular.
Equipment & Safety Of The Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van
Standard kit is impressive – and long. The highlights include twin sliding rear doors, keyless go, a full metal bulkhead, heated seats, climate control, alloys, sat-nav, USB, Bluetooth, an infotainment system, six load lashing points and automatic lights and wipers.
The very useful onboard 6.6kW AC charger is standard with the Rapid Plus model, though it’s disappointing that a DAB digital radio isn’t even available as an optional extra. Apart from that, standard kit is the same for the two Tekna models.
In terms of how safe it is, this is a strong and sturdy van that’s even more secure than its diesel-powered sibling. This is because the added weight of its batteries meant Nissan had to add stronger panels.
Standard safety kit is good too, and includes a beep that sounds each time you reverse (the van is otherwise near-silent), a rear view camera and hill-start assist.
Nissan have also tested the van extensively. If there were any issues with safety and reliability, they would have been flagged by now.
Costs Of The Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van
Prices for the new van start out from £17,256. If you prefer to lease, you can pick up a deal from £232 + VAT per month. For more information on our leasing deals, check out our page here.
In terms of its running costs, there aren’t many vans out there that are as green as this one. Nissan claims they’ve reduced running costs compared to the diesel-powered NV200 by around 40%, an exceptional number that’s made possible by the electric motor. You’ll be looking at spending two pence for each mile.
Servicing costs are also a lot lower, while all electric components are covered by Nissan’s 5-year warranty.
Regular components, meanwhile, are covered by a 3-year warranty, while mileage limit is fixed at 60,000 miles.
The van is free from VED and the London congestion charge, while many of the charging points in the UK are free.
Pros And Cons Of The Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van
107 miles is the claimed range, and while you’ll be looking at around 70 miles in real world conditions, that’s still useful.
Easy To Drive
If you’ll be spending most of your time in the city, it’s rarely been this easy to skip through lanes and negotiate those tight turns.
Want your business to have that all-important green image? The Nissan e-NV200 helps to that end while also being super usable.
Poor On The Motorway
It lacks the pulling power of a diesel, and this really shows on the motorway.
Charging Can Be A Hassle
Filling up your van at the pumps might get costly, but it’s a lot more convenient than having to find charging stations all the time.
Should I Buy One?
If you turn this down, it’s not because you’ve found a better EV van of this size. Put simply, there aren’t any. Instead, the only things that count against making the switch to an all-electric van are weak high-speed rides and the inconvenience of charging.
If you can get over those niggles, the new Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van is just like a conventional van – only better for the environment and way cheaper to run.