Nissan, FedEx Partner on EV Cargo Van Trial

By Jonathan Spira on 23 January 2014
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The Nissan FedEx e-NV200 at the Washington Auto Show on Wednesday

The Nissan FedEx e-NV200 at the Washington Auto Show on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nissan and FedEx announced at the Washington Auto Show on Wednesday that the two companies will begin a trial of Nissan’s newest electric vehicle, the e-NV200.

The Nissan e-NV200 is a 100%-electric compact cargo van based on the NV200, a traditionally powered vehicle that made its debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.  The NV200 was also the winner of New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition.

FedEx will operate the e-NV200 in Washington, D.C. under real-world conditions.  It will be the first such test in the U.S. although FedEx and Nissan have conducted similar tests in Europe and Asia.  The deployment of the e-NV200 falls under FedEx’s EarthSmart program, the company’s global sustainability platform that guides its environmental commitment.

The e-NV200 will be used as a standard delivery vehicle.  Nissan plans to begin mass production of the e-NV200 later this year in Europe.

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