Nissan’s passenger version of its electric-powered e-NV200 is starting to see taxi duty.
A Cornwall taxi company has taken delivery of one of the first all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi models to arrive in the UK.
What is the Nissan e-NV200 Combi? Take the electric drivetrain of a Leaf, insert it into a Nissan NV200 commercial vehicle, and setup the rear area to accept both passengers and luggage.
St Austell-based C&C Taxis added the van to its six-strong fleet of 100 percent electric Nissan Leafs earlier this month. The five-seater Combi has already clocked up more than 1,000 miles in service.
Nissan said already C&C’s fleet manager, Mark Richards, is sure the company is onto another winner, calculating that, just like each Leaf on the fleet, the e-NV200 Combi will save £10,000 in fuel bills per year.
The additional versatility and practicality the e-NV200 Combi – added to the Leaf’s winning formula of low cost, zero emissions motoring – has convinced him, said Nissan, to commit to a long-term strategy of phasing out the company’s remaining diesel vehicles and replacing them all with EVs.
“We’ve had such great success with our Leafs we decided we were going to buy an e-NV200 the minute we learnt it was going to be launched,” said Richards. “Now we have one, we’re absolutely delighted with it. It does everything the Leaf does but is much bigger and offers more space. We’ll definitely be ordering more.”
In the UK, the e-NV200 Combi starts at £17,855 and Nissan states it is capable of covering 106 miles on a single charge. Like a Leaf, it can be charged from zero to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes.