May 7, 2014
Nissan e-NV200 Production Begins in Spain
Barcelona – May 7 – Nissan this week started the production of its second all-electric vehicle – the e-NV200 – with a ceremony attended by Spanish government officials and Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer.
The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for the zero-emission vehicle, which will be available as a light commercial van, passenger vehicle and electric taxi.
“This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle,” Palmer said.
“This is at a time when EVs are now recognized as mainstream technology, many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV and 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 customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV.”
Representing an investment of €100 million in Nissan’s Barcelona Plant, as part of a wider €431 million investment in Spanish operations, the e-NV200 will initially be exported to some 20 markets, including Japan. The first vehicle exports will start in June.
Just as with the Nissan LEAF roll out, the number of markets will grow after the initial launch, while Barcelona will be the first city in the world to introduce the e-NV200 as a 100% electric taxi.
Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, said production of the new all-electric van and the partnership between Nissan and Barcelona “is part of a strategy in Barcelona and its metropolitan area to consolidate Barcelona as the center of a new urban economy model, based on innovation, technology and sustainability.”