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  • 17 July 2015

    Nissan Launches 7-Seat All-Electric MPV

    Nissan has raised the stakes in the all-electric game by launching a seven-seat version of its electrically powered MPV. The e-NV200 has been around since last summer - an electric version of the NV200 commercial vehicle. The new seven-seater will be on sale from this July.

    The MPV comes with the same electric powertrain as the Leaf. This gives it a range of over 100 miles. The e-NV200 will be 80% charged in half an hour.

    Ecological though it may be, how much kit do you get with the e-NV200? On the top-of-the-range Evalia, you’ll enjoy cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, privacy glass, steering-wheel mounted controls and a reversing camera.

    There’s plenty of storage, with 2940 litres in the back when the back two rows are folded down, and a decent 870 when they’re all in place. With ease you can completely remove the back two seats for a bigger boot.

    So how does it shape up to the competition? In this sector (electric MPV), the Nissan e-NV200 has no challengers. While there are no other electric MPVs available, there are more affordable fuel-powered models that buyers might consider, like the Peugeot Partner Tepee.

    Jean Pierre Diernaz, Head of EV for Nissan Europe, told the motoring press last week that the e-NV200 is mainly geared towards business customers: “There are between 150 and 200 Ultra-Low Emissions Zones now and this is something that is going to dramatically explode in the coming years.”

    Diernaz says that the new MPV could alter how businesses work in cities: “This will be a massive problem for companies that need to deliver into the city. It’s a game-changer for some big companies. Because it’s an electric car, you can drive indoors. Suddenly you can enter the warehouse, load the car and go outside.

    “Today you stop at the entrance of the warehouse then you need an additional system to take the goods and then load them back to the car.”

    All this game-changing technology comes at a price, but a more competitive one than you might think. The e-NV200 seven seater starts at £19,895 if you include the government grant of £5,000 and lease the battery. If you buy outright, the cost is £23,400.

    If you want the top-of-the-range Evalia, you’re looking at £27,260 seven-seat e-NV200 with the battery bought outright and taking the grant into account. Lease it and you’ll pay £22,255.

    Howards Group is an authorised Nissan dealer in the South West of England. Drop in to our Weston super Mare showroom to test drive any of the award-winning Nissan range.


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