The all-electric Nissan e-NV200 will be the world’s first pure electric seven-seater when it goes on sale in July.
The new model is being introduced in response to interest from fleet operators and larger families keen to capitalise on the market-leading e-NV200’s low running and maintenance costs and zero emissions performance.
Prices start at £19,895 (incorporating the Government Plug-In Car Grant) for those choosing the convenience of the Nissan Flex battery leasing option, and from £23,400 (inc PiCG) for those purchasing outright.
At the same time, the e-NV200 line-up will be further strengthened with the addition of a new ‘Evalia’ version available in five and seven-seat form – offering a ‘full trim’ option.
The developments mean the e-NV200 will be available as a panel van, five or seven-seat Combi, or five or seven-seat Evalia – giving customers the freedom to specify a vehicle that best suits their lifestyle or business requirements.
The launch of the seven-seat version fills a gap in the market for an electric vehicle (EV) capable of accommodating larger groups of people. Private hire companies and shuttle services in particular have been keen to see its introduction since the e-NV200 was launched last year.
The e-NV200, which is based on the proven technology of the Nissan LEAF – the world’s best selling electric car – costs from just two pence per mile to run and costs much less to maintain than a conventional diesel van.
Total cost of ownership is estimated to be £2,500 lower than a conventional diesel over three years.
The e-NV200 has a homologated NEDC range of 106 miles on a single charge and can be charged from zero to 80% full in as little as 30 minutes.
The seven-seat version of the e-NV200 is configured with an additional two full-size seats to the rear of the vehicle, which can be individually folded and stowed.
The result is a flexible and user-friendly interior that can quickly be optimised for either passengers or payload.
With all seating in use, the vehicle can accommodate seven adults with ease, offering ample leg and headroom for all occupants. But the seven-seat e-NV200 can also be configured for cargo. With the second row of seats rolled forward and folded and the sixth and seventh seats folded to the side, a large 2.94 cubic metre load space is revealed – big enough to transport three full-size bicycles with the wheels in place.
Even with all three rows in place, the seven seat e-NV200 still boasts an impressive 870 litre cargo capacity, allowing it to transport seven people and a large volume of luggage.
The introduction of the new Evalia trim level improves simplicity for customers, such as VIP transfer providers, looking to ‘spec’ top of the line models.
While Combi models come with an extensive list of optional extras, allowing buyers to cherry pick their creature comforts, Evalia models wrap everything up into one neat package to offer the highest levels of style, comfort and luxury.
For example, the Evalia comes complete with privacy glass (or optional clear glass for private hire purposes) on rear windows and co-ordinated exterior detailing.