New Nissan e-NV200 Gets The Thumbs Up From Fleet
The new Nissan e-NV200 electric van has received extremely positive feedback from the fleet industry, after it was showcased in late 2012.
Six major fleet operators, five leasing companies and three used value guides, visited Nissan’s Barcelona production facility and took the new e-NV200, a diesel NV200 and the LEAF for a test drive.
The group were introduced to the e-NV200 development team and were able to express their thoughts on the vehicle, including how they see it fitting into a fleet strategy. Nissan also told them there overall EV vision, which included product creation, its development and future EV plans.
Everybody reacted positively to the 100% electric van’s performance and drive with many keen to put the vehicle into immediate use.
Matthew Dale, Nissan’s national LCV sales manager commented “We were blown away with the response and we already have leasing companies and fleet operators who want to trial the vehicle, and some who want to order a fleet of vehicles for urban delivery use”.
“After driving the vehicle on the two day trip they could immediately see the business benefit of running electric vans across specific parts of a fleet. Commercial vehicles are working tools and our guests recognised both the savings in fuel costs and reduced emissions offered by the e-NV200,” he added.
The used guides can see a definite role to play for the e-NV200 and it’s used price should be strong, this was based on the vehicle’s practicality and whole life costs, which will give it a second and third life in used market.
“Residual values are key to the success of any commercial vehicle so we were pleased to hear some very positive initial comments from the used vehicle experts,” said Dale.
This trip follows other successful trails with other major fleet groups such as FedEx, British Gas and the Japan Post Service back in 2011 and 2012. Nissan are now preparing the e-NV200 for mainstream production, and its expected to go on sale in 2014.