Due to Nissan success on the Leaf electric car, it has turned its attention to electric power and the light commercial vehicle. The result is the e-NV200, the largest electric van on sale that’s sure to appeal in urban environments.
The e-NV200 Acenta is based on a mixture of parts from both the electric Nissan Leaf car and the NV200 van. This follows through in the e-NV200’s styling ,which is almost a fusion of the two models. At the front, you won’t miss the large front headlights, that arc upwards. Like the Leaf, there’s a front charging point and curvy air dam. The side is more conventional, looking exactly the same as the standard NV200 van. At the back, the clear, modern-looking light clusters are the only difference.
Inside, the Acenta’s dashboard is dominated by the touch-screen infotainment system. Wrapped in a piano black console, it not only shows charging information, but also includes sat-nav and can display the picture from the rear view camera. Like the infotainment system, the multi-function steering wheel and easy to read instruments are also borrowed from the Leaf.
It is easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the e-NV200 Acenta, all round vision is good too, with slim window pillars and big mirrors.For a van, the Acenta is well-equipped. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, electric windows, heated seats, sat-nav, DAB radio. Further e-NV200 Acenta comes in the form of a sliding side door and twin rear doors.
With 254 Nm of torque, the Acenta feels fast from the off that is perfect for town work, but out of town this Nissan Van soon runs out of puff.Considering its size, there’s an impressive 4.2 cubic meters of load space in the back. Additionally, the flat 2.04 metre load bay can swallow a couple of standard pallets. This is because the clever design houses the batteries flat under the load area. In case you want extra space you can fold the passenger seat,which gives an extra 2.8 meters. Payload also beats the petrol sister van, with 770 kg