Six week commercial evaluation
Nissan’s e-NV200 electric van, based on the LEAF powertrain, will be evaluated by Portland General Electric (PGE) for a six week trial to determine its effectiveness in a commercial application. As we have written previously, the e-NV200 has been tested many times over the past several years in similar applications in London and Japan. Previous tests involved FedEx, the Japanese postal service, DHL Japan, and a Japanese retailer. PGE will replace a diesel powered van during this test. Nissan will partner with FedEx again later this year, this time in another US market for additional testing.
“Oregon has been a top five market for Nissan LEAF sales in the U.S. due to proactive policies at the state level to encourage EV adoption, as well as robust charging infrastructure championed by the state and others like PGE,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV Marketing in the U.S. “If we determine that e-NV200 fits into the U.S. commercial vehicle market, we expect that Portland would be a leading driver for sales as well.”
Nissan expects the e-NV200 to fit in well in certain fleet applications in various US markets. e-NV200 goes on sale in Europe and Japan later this year.