British Royal Navy Brings In 48 Nissan Electric Vans To Hit Efficiency Targets

The UK’s Royal Navy has just taken delivery of 48 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans as part of the Ministry of Defense’s strategy to modernize its base.

A fleet of 48 all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combis has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base, Nissan announced yesterday. The photo shows Commodore Jeremy Rigby, naval base commander, standing next to one of the electric vans.

The Royal Navy funded the acquisition to make a more modern and energy efficient Naval Base, which fits into the Ministry’s key goals. It also fits well into the port’s objective of reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency.

Nissan GB (Great Britain) worked out the deal with BAE System, which manages Portsmouth Naval Base for the navy. Other partners have been involved, as well. Services are being provided to purchase and manage the vehicles through fleet management specialists Lex Autolease and local dealer Yeomans Nissan Portsmouth.

They’re working together on the next wave of the project, which is to install 26 charging points and 28 designated parking spots for EVs.

It’s all part of BAE System’s plan to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the port. The company predicts that bringing in the Nissan electric vans and installing the chargers will reduce carbon emissions by about 40 percent compared to the previous fleet vehicles.

“Nissan’s electric vehicle technology is cutting-edge, so it’s great synergy to be working closely with world renowned BAE Systems to help save energy and reduce emissions at Portsmouth’s historic naval base,” said Darren Payne, sales director at Nissan Motor (GB). “Of course the other real bonus of operating Nissan electric vehicles are the ultra low-running costs, starting from as little as two pence per mile.”

Converting over more than a third of the port’s vehicle fleet to Nissan electric vans will save 360,000 pounds ($437,688) in fuel and other costs.

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The Nissan e-NV200 Combi won the Best Green Van honor at the Business Van of the Year awards in London, presented by Business Van magazine, two years ago. The automaker said that winning Best Green Van and a string of other awards has helped market the vehicle.

Having the label “Combi” added to the Nissan NV200 and e-NV200’s designation appears to be customized for the UK market. Nissan GB’s website highlights the van’s  ability to combine functions, such as carrying up to seven passengers or loading up with cargo.

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