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CLEARED TO TAXI (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
Nissan's e-NV200 offers the cleanliness and cost-effectiveness of pure electric power to urban van users. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved longer-range version.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 59
The Nissan e-NV200 offers city van operators a clean, cost-effective alternative to a diesel-powered vehicle and can be ordered in van form or in Combi guise with up to 7 seats. Quiet, with impressive pulling power, this improved version features a longer operating range. Here's a forward thinking way to promote an ethical and responsible urban approach to business.
Backgroundword count: 154
Some vehicle developments leave you scratching your head. Did we really need a bigger MINI? Why do coupes need four doors these days? What were the team that came up with the Renault Avantime thinking? Then there are some new vehicles that make all the sense in the world. Put Nissan's e-NV200 firmly in that category. The market for small city vans has taken off in the last few years and if you're going to be covering fairly low mileages in places where emissions are an issue, electric power makes all the right numbers. Given that Nissan's experience with the LEAF has armed it with a huge amount of experience in electric vehicle development, it's hardly surprising that the e-NV200 offers a great deal of credibility when it comes to plug-in power. If you want a small van or commercial people carrier that lacks an internal combustion engine, don't worry. Nissan has got this.
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The e-NV200 shares a base vehicle platform with the Nissan Micra, which should give you an idea of quite how compact this van is. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is ditched in this instance for an 80kW AC synchronous motor, which is fully integrated with the battery charger and inverter in one compact, self-contained unit. There's MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear, and the Lithium-ion battery has been designed to fit under the cargo floor without impinging on available space. This battery pack is now 40kW in size and packaged very efficiently. This battery assembly also helps boost the torsional and lateral stiffness of the vehicle by 20 percent and 35 percent respectively over an ordinary NV200 and helps reduce the centre of gravity. This also aids ride and handling, while the instant torque delivery is perfect for stop and start city driving. It's quicker than the diesel van to 62mph too, eventually running out of amps at 75mph.
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