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.
The latest e-NV200 is suitable for a wider range of users than early versions, then. And for added peace of mind, it's worth considering just how often you actually need your van to cover more than 50-60 miles in a day. Particularly under urban delivery conditions, it could be that your van seldom exceeds 100 miles. Concern over range limitations is less relevant when longer journeys are less frequent.
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.