CV Show 2013
WITH British Gas on course to switch a large proportion of its van fleet to electric power by 2015, Nissan used the Commercial Vehicle Show to announce the end of a successful month-long trial of its all-electric eNV200 van by the national utility company.
range is around 100 miles on a full charge
The test programme, which took part in and around Nissan’s Sunderland plant, gathered feedback from British Gas departments about the all-electric van driving experience.
British Gas engineers, members of the fleet team, some of the management board, and eight representatives from the GMB union put the van through its paces, with the van running part laden to recreate working conditions.
During the tests, temperatures dropped to as low as –12ºC without causing any problems with the eNV200’s operation, Nissan said.
British Gas first tested the eNV200 in 2012, when its drivers gave favourable reports on comfort and payload.
The eNV200 uses the EV power train from the Nissan Leaf in the compact NV200 van body. Its range is around 100 miles on a full charge.
Nissan corporate sales director John Pollock told Business Vans: “We’re delighted that the next stage of testing for British Gas has been a success. Working with a large fleet operator like British Gas allows us to get a range of feedback.”
The eNV200 is one of a number of new all-electric business vans being shown at the CV Show.