Nissan has begun tests of an electric vehicle (EV) based on the compact commercial vehicle NV200. AEON Retail will use the EV test cars as delivery vehicles within the Tokyo metropolitan area for their innovative, new online business. The vehicles will be monitored for one month to evaluate their potential for daily business use.
Nissan has been carrying out similar tests of a NV200-based EV since last summer in Japan and in Europe. The NV200-based EV test vehicle is based on the e-NV200 concept model that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (Detroit) in the U.S. in January 2012. Feedback from this real-world testing will be considered as Nissan develops production models that will be marketed in the future.
"Zero emission vehicles will play an increasingly important role in shaping the environment of our cities and towns," said Nissan Motor Company's Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, head of the Global Light Commercial Vehicle Business Unit. "Electric vehicles will help to raise the quality of our urban environment and their economical running costs should also make them very attractive to businesses.
The evaluation results we will get from the AEON Retail testing will assist us in the development of compact EV commercial vehicles. Based on input, the future production version of the e-NV200 will allow us to leverage our investment in electric vehicle technologies, contribute to expanding our EV business globally, and move toward a more sustainable society."