BRITISH Gas is take on 100 all-electric e-NV200 vans after a successful six-month trial of 28 prototype vehicles, Nissan announced on the second day of the Commercial Vehicle in Birmingham.
The trial vehicles were fitted with 30A chargers which allows their batteries to be recharged in four hours
The energy giant will initially take delivery of 50 e-NV200 vans, with the balance arriving later this year. And further orders could follow after the company has restated its intention to switch 10% of its fleet to electric power by 2017.
During the six-month trial, the 28 test vans covered around 60,000 miles. Both Nissan and the British Gas were keen to discover how the vehicle and its Sunderland-made battery pack performed during the winter months.
British Gas MD of procurement and supply chain Rob Morton told Business Vans that the e-NV200s didn’t suffer a single breakdown throughout the trial.
The battery is a 48-cell unit, similar to the unit found in the LEAF passenger car, but repackaged to fit the van’s dimensions.
The Nissan e-NV200s have a range of up to 100 miles between recharges, making them easily capable of the 40 to 45 miles the engineers using them typically covered every day.
With its engineers working from home, British Gas has set up domestic charging facilities using twin-port smart meters.