Nissan wins eco-friendly Fleet Van accolade

Nissan has been crowned Green Van Manufacturer of the Year at this year’s Fleet Van Awards.

The hotly contested award recognises Nissan’s innovation, investment and dedication to improving green standards across its commercial vehicle range.

In particular, the marque’s e-NV200 van was singled out by award judges for its versatility and practicality in addition to its eco-friendly credentials.

Based on the standard NV200 van, the e-NV200 uses technology from Nissan’s ground-breaking LEAF model to create what Nissan has called “a true game changer for fleet van operators”.

Barry Beeston, Nissan GB’s sales director, said: “The new Nissan e-NV200 is a remarkable vehicle which we believe will make a major impression on fleets across the UK, helping operators reduce costs and emissions without any compromise on its performance as a hard-working van.

“We’re delighted to receive this award as it’s yet another endorsement of this innovative and exciting new vehicle.”

All electric van

Nissan’s first all-electric entry into the light commercial van market, the e-NV200 entered production earlier this year and is priced from £13,395.

Available in panel van and five-seater combi van forms, the e-NV200 comes in two trim levels: Acenta and Tekna.

However, buyers can also buy the e-NV200 with a choice of two upgraded chargers for quicker charging times, known as the e-NV200 Rapid and Rapid Plus.

Equipment

Standard kit on the e-NV200 includes electric mirrors, a rear view camera and a radio/CD player with MP3 and auxiliary inputs.

Nissan claims that the model also sets new standards for an electric van, offering a load capacity of up to 4,200 litres and 770kg.

What’s more, the Japanese marque claims that the van has a range of up to 106 miles, plus a rapid recharge time that lowers running costs to just 2p per mile.

The e-NV200 has already seen action on British roads, after British Gas placed an order for 100 of the models before they were even released in the UK.

The order followed on from a six-month trial undertaken by British Gas and Nissan to evaluate the practicality and usability of the all-electric vans.

During the trial period, 28 of the models covered over 60,000 miles between them as part of the British Gas fleet, the largest-ever commercial vehicle evaluation to date.

The Nissan e-NV200 is available to order now, priced from £13,395 for the entry-level Acenta trim.