Nissan has announced that a 100% electric compact van, the e-nv200, will go into production at its barcelona plant in the 2013 financial year.
the new model will be based on the existing award-winning nv200 currently produced at the plant and will be an important and innovative addition to nissan’s global range of light commercial vehicles (lcv’s). e-nv200 will become nissan’s second all-electric vehicle (ev) following the launch of the multi-award winning nissan leaf in 2010, underlining nissan’s long-term commitment to zero emission mobility.
the new model, which represents €100 million investment by nissan in spain, is expected to create around 700 new jobs at the plant and throughout its local supplier base. as the sole producer of e-nv200, barcelona will supply world markets highlighting the growing competitiveness of nissan’s spanish industrial operations.
andy palmer, nissan executive vice president, said:“i would like to thank the spanish and catalonian government for their continued support of nissan in spain, and congratulate the barcelona workforce for earning the right to produce what will be an extremely important model for nissan globally.”
e-nv200 will provide both businesses and families with functional and roomy interior space and will retain the host of innovative and practical features of the current nv200 line up combined with the most advanced powertrain components of the nissan leaf. this will deliver a driving range similar to the nissan leaf on a single charge and similar performance, together with best in class running and maintenance costs.