Nissan e-NV200 named van of the year

Nissan’s all-electric e-NV200 has been named light commercial van of the year in the 2014 Next Green Car Awards.

Regarded as the most scientifically-based green car awards in the UK, Nissan received the title in recognition of the e-NV200’s innovative nature and everyday low-cost appeal.

Dr Ben Lane, the managing editor of the Next Green Car website, said that the judging panel was impressed by the e-NV200’s ability to provide a genuine alternative to regularly fuelled vans.

He said: “Nissan has broken new ground offering an affordable and practical zero-emission alternative to the ubiquitous diesel van.”

Another gong for the electric van

This marks the second award for the e-NV200 van this month after it was also honoured with the title of Industry Innovation of the Year at the GreenFleet Awards.

Paul O’Neill, Nissan UK’s electric vehicle category manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award as it’s based on scientific fact rather than subjective opinion.

“Combine that with levels of versatility, durability and all-round performance that are more than a match for any other van of this size and low running and whole-life costs and it’s easy to see how the Nissan e-NV200 has the potential to redefine the LCV market.”

With a payload that can carry up to 703kg and enough room in the back for two full-sized Euro pallets, the e-NV200 is as capable as it is economical, costing just 2p per mile to run.

Due to the advanced electric powertrain technology adapted from the Nissan LEAF, the e-NV200 also offers drivers and fleet managers greatly reduced life and maintenance costs.

Quick charge, long range

As well as that, Nissan claims that the e-NV200 can manage up to 106 miles on a single charge, which can be achieved in as little as half an hour for an 80 per cent charge.

A wide range of standard equipment features on the e-NV200 van, which includes electric mirrors, a rear view camera and a radio/CD player with MP3 and auxiliary inputs.

The five-seater combi model also comes standard with air conditioning, green tinted glass for the second row of seats, plus the same features mentioned for the van derivative.

Buyers can also specify the van with a choice of two upgraded chargers to further reduce charging time, the e-NV200 Rapid and e-NV200 Rapid Plus.

Having entered production earlier this year, the Nissan e-NV200 is available to buy and priced from £13,395.