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When the Nissan e-NV200 was first introduced in 2014, it was seen as just a Nissan Leaf with a van body, but in reality, it's so much more. The unconventional size of the e-NV200 – it's taller than most other small vans – meant it was immediately more suitable to businesses wanting to maximise carrying capacity in a zero-emission van. And while the market for electric vehicles was still relatively immature back then, the e-NV200 has found itself a role in the best and biggest blue chip fleets in the years since.
The first models were fitted with a 24kWh battery pack, providing a realistic real-world range of less than 60 miles. However, in 2018 the e-NV200 was upgraded with a new 40kWh battery that has boosted its official range to 174 miles, or in excess of 100 miles in real-world conditions. That still may not sound like much, but any increase in range is as significant psychologically as it is practically.
Like its diesel-engined sibling, the e-NV200 is available with a van body, as a five-seat combi van, or as the five or seven-seat e-NV200 Evalia people carrier. The e-NV200 comes in just one size, with a 107bhp electric motor. Three trim levels are available, comprising entry-level Visia, mid-range Acenta and top-spec Tekna.
Although electric vans are far from dominant in the segment, the Nissan e-NV200 has a surprising amount of competition that includes the Renault Kangoo ZE, and the electric versions of the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, as well as a forthcoming Volkswagen e-Caddy. Larger electric vans include the Renault Master ZE and the Volkswagen e-Crafter.