2023 Nissan Townstar EV verdict and specs

Electric vans could dominate last-mile deliveries thanks to low-emissions regulations, but will the electric version of the all-new Nissan Townstar be leading that charge?...

Nissan Townstar cornering front 2023


The Nissan Townstar EV is keenly priced against its fellow small electric van competition, with the entry-level Visia L1 undercutting its closest rivals. However, we reckon you should avoid that trim because unless you have a very specific usage case, the 11kW charging rate really hinders usability. Head for the next trim up (which is Acenta) to get faster 80kW charging and other useful goodies include rear parking sensors, 8in infotainment screen with smartphone capability, and LED cargo area lighting. You will still have to pay extra for an alarm, though.

For maximum practicality, the longer wheelbase L2 version has greater payload and cargo volume than its closest competition. We’d also recommend this version over its equivalent Renault Kangoo E-Tech rival because the Townstar has a longer five-year warranty with roadside assistance. Added together, it makes the Townstar a really compelling electric van package.

What Car? rating  5 stars out of 5

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Nissan Townstar EV L1 Tekna auto

Price £31,250 (inc gov. grant, ex VAT) Engine Electric Motor Power 120bhp Torque  188lb ft  Gearbox 1-spd automatic Top speed 81mph 0-62mph 11.6sec Official battery range 183 miles (WLTP) CO2/tax 0g/km, 2%


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