May 23, 2012
Nissan to Produce 100% Electric Van in Barcelona
May 23 – Barcelona – The news that Nissan’s second all-electric vehicle will be built in Barcelona is another timely boost for the Spanish economy from the Japanese manufacturer.
Around 100 million euros will be invested in the Barcelona facility and its suppliers, and the announcement follows last week’s news that the Avila factory in central Spain will also receive a similar sum to build Nissan’s new medium-duty truck.
“The e-NV200 will make a significant contribution to our aim of becoming the world’s largest LCV manufacturer by 2016,” said Frank Torres, vice president of Nissan’s Spanish manufacturing operations.
Last year, Nissan achieved the historic milestone of selling more than 1 million light commercial vehicles worldwide in a single year, and the production of this new model is expected to create around 700 new jobs at the plant and throughout its local supplier base.
Intensive evaluations of prototypes are being carried out in Europe to determine exact customer requirements.
“It will have a range similar to the LEAF’s, and a similarly smooth acceleration and responsiveness,” said Torres.
The e-NV200, aimed at both businesses and families, will come in three versions: a one-row van, a two-row van combination, and a two-row passenger variant.
“Of course, it generates zero-emissions as well as class-leading, low running and maintenance costs, making it an exceptionally attractive proposition to businesses and families,” added Torres.
The current NV200 van has already sold around 100,000 units and has been chosen as the next-generation New York City Taxi of Tomorrow.
Building on the success of this, the e-NV200 will go into production at Barcelona in late 2013.