Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle, the e-NV200.
The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for this zero-emission vehicle, which will be available as a light commercial van, passenger vehicle and electric taxi in the European market.
Representing an investment of €100 million in Nissan’s Barcelona Plant, as part of a wider €431 million investment in its Spanish operations, the e-NV200 will initially be exported to around 20 international markets, including Japan, said Nissan. Just as with the Nissan Leaf introduction, the number of markets will grow after the initial launch, to continue the company’s sustained electric vehicle expansion.
“This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle,” said Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer, while hosting the VIP guests at the event. “This is at a time when EVs are now recognized as mainstream technology. Many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV – where Nissan has clear first mover advantage. We’re proud that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 110,000 delighted customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV.”
Barcelona will be the first city in the world to introduce the e-NV200 as a 100 percent electric taxi, an initiative Palmer believes is vital for the city.
“This e-NV200 taxi has renewed significance in the wake of record levels of air pollution in London and Paris,” added Palmer. “Bringing a significant number of zero emission vehicles to Barcelona’s streets will ensure cleaner air for every citizen, visitor and tourist, and we’re confident that forward-thinking councils everywhere will be clamoring to bring these benefits to their municipalities in the coming years.”