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Nissan Launching e-NV200 Battery Van

North American version likely after 2013 launch in Europe.

by on May.24, 2012

While production will begin in Europe a North American version of the e-NV200 battery van is likely to follow.

The self-styled leader in the emerging battery car field, Nissan is adding yet another electric model to its line-up.

The maker has confirmed it will produce a battery-electric version of its NV200 commercial van.  The big brother to the Nissan Leaf will initially be produced in Spain, starting in 2013, but a North American version is likely to follow, company sources told, citing comments made by CEO Carlos Ghosn last month that the maker expects to offer an electric version of its so-called “Cab of Tomorrow” for New York City.

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Nissan will invest 100 million Euros, the equivalent of about $126 million, to add production of the e-NV200 at an assembly plant in Barcelona, adding 700 jobs in the process.

“The new model will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally powered compact van, but with zero CO2 emission at the point of use and also provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EV’s,” said Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, who oversees the maker’s battery-car program.  “Crucially, it will also offer class-leading running and maintenance costs, which makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition to both businesses and families.”


New Yorkers Say Turkish Offering Beats Out Nissan, Ford for Taxi of the Future

City expected to make decision later this year on replacement for Crown Vic cabs.

by on Feb.17, 2011

Can a Turkish cab make it in the Big Apple?

For decades, Ford’s aging Crown Victoria has had a virtual lock on the hack business in the Big Apple.  Sure, there’ve been the odd Honda Odyssey vans, Toyota Prius hybrids and even a few Ford Escape SUVs, but the Crown Vic has usually been the cab driver’s car of choice.

Not for much longer, however.  For one thing, Ford is finally pulling the plug on the aged, rear-drive sedan.  But the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong proponent of green technology, is looking for a more eco-friendly replacement, and has encouraged a variety of makers, including some quite non-traditional names, to make a bid.

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And now, the results are in from a public poll by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission – and while some familiar names, such as Ford and Nissan, were on the list, the overwhelming favorite was an until-now unknown Turkish maker, Karsan.