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FleetPoint Test Drive The Nissan e-NV20
by Neil Thomason
December 4, 2014
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VERDICT: Ultimately, the e-NV200 was a real pleasure to drive and a great first experience with an electric vehicle. The rapid response really impressed and you do get used to dealing with range issues, adapting your driving style quickly to get the most out of it.
FLEETPOINT RATING: Four star rating
PRICE: £ 23,848
Colour reversing camera, Nissan Intelligent Key, Heated front seats & Heated steering wheel Battery life, Quite compact, Adapt your driving approach

Specification
Engine:
1cc
Max Power:
109bhp
Max torque:
11
Top speed:
76mph
0-62mph:
6.1 sec
The Nissan e-NV200 has been making waves in the fleet industry over the past year, as one of the best investments for any fleet requiring a practical and sustainable delivery vehicle. With zero emissions and ultra-low running costs, the e-NV200 combines a mix of Nissan’s LEAF and NV200 parts to create a Frankenstein’s monster tailor made for delivery fleets based in the city.
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Performance
As a first time driver of an electric vehicle, the anxiety of battery life and not being able to take my eyes off the charge percentage initially impacted my enjoyment of the drive. But let me make this perfectly clear, once you get over that little issue it is really enjoyable to drive - the ultra-responsive motor and automatic gearbox made the e-NV200 a real pleasure to put through its paces.

Producing 254Nm of torque from literally the moment your foot touches the peddle, the hum of the motor comparable to sitting on a tram. This immediate and quick response from the electric motor and gearbox makes the van feel really nippy and the drive is smoother than a Bill Clinton apology, meaning it really excels in a city or town. The van comes complete with hill start assist, a rear-view camera and a beep when reversing so it's easy to manoeuvre in these settings too.

When it comes to getting on 50mph+ roads the van can feel out of its depth and the rapid reduction in battery made me curb my speed at the first opportunity. Taking this into account, you really have to adapt your driving approach to a more economical and sensible one to get the most out of it and I found myself frequently using the 'B' regenerative braking mode.
Space
As for interior and load space, it's a mixed bag. The cab is quite compact and doesn’t have the room you would normally associate with a van - it’s adequately sized with various places to store personal items. The gloss-black dash which houses the sat-nav, air-conditioning, and radio has a nice and classy feel.

The vans load space is really roomy, in fact from looking at the van from the outside to getting in the back it has a bit of a TARDIS quality to it - there's 4.2 cubic metres of volume in the rear, with a load bay of 2.04 metres and 703kg so you can easily fit in two palettes of material. Access to the load space is great too with sliding doors on both sides and double doors at the rear.
Running Cost
When compared to petrol and diesel alternatives, the running costs are in a class of their own - especially if you’re London based as the van is exempt from the Congestion Charge.

Where the e-NV200 falters however is when choosing to purchase the van on battery lease - this can add up to £88 per month based on 15k mileage per annum on a 3 year lease (including breakdown). The van can be purchased outright at further cost, but the extra costs are outweighed by the savings during the ownership period and the e-NV200 ultimately has a lower total cost of ownership than an equivalent diesel van. With this in mind the running costs are its biggest selling point and a major incentive to buy.
Conclusion
If you're looking for a great ride in a city environment with a lot of stops and starts and charging points available in a variety of areas, I honestly can't think of a reason for you not to get this van (and to be fair, this is what the van has been marketed as). But if you need a van that will be taken on medium length journeys with charge points few and far between then… I'd still recommend this van but it depends on how much stress you want in your life.
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