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Nissan e-NV200 Hits Streets of Portland for Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/15/2014 Karla Sanchez

While a Nissan e-NV200 continues real-world testing in FedEx's fleet over in Washington D.C., another prototype for the all-electric cargo van is getting ready to head west. The Japanese automaker has announced that it's adding another e-NV200 prototype to Portland General Electric's (PGE) fleet for more testing.

The e-NV200 prototype will join PGE's fleet as part of a six-week trial that will help Nissan determine whether or not an electric commercial vehicle makes sense for the U.S. market. The e-NV200 will replace a larger, diesel-powered van, so it'll be interesting to see if the smaller electric is up to task to perform the same day-to-day duties as the larger oil-burning van. “We’re excited to see firsthand the impact the e-NV200 can have on our own fleet and to help other companies understand the potential it represents for them,” said Charlie Allcock, director, business development at PGE. Nissan e NV200© Provided by MotorTrend Nissan e NV200

The Nissan e-NV200 features a powertrain based on the all-electric Leaf, and because Oregon is already a fan of the Leaf hatchback, it only made sense for Portland to be the next location to serve as the e-NV200's proving grounds. As mentioned before, there's already an e-NV200 working for FedEx in Washington D.C., but Nissan plans on deploying other prototypes to other top EV markets including California and Georgia. Nissan has been running similar real-world tests for quite some time, starting off in locations across the globe including Japan, Singapore, and London, where the automaker evaluated the e-NV200 for about two months back in 2011. Nissan e NV200 Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Nissan e NV200 Concept

The e-NV200 will go on sale later this summer in Europe, but already the city of Barcelona, where the e-NV200 will be manufactured, has committed to adding the e-NV200 to its municipal and taxi fleet. The electrified version of the NV200 London taxi is also expected to roll out sometime in 2015, while the electric van is scheduled to go on sale in Japan later this year.

Source: Nissan

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