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 TheDetroitBureau.com, 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.
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.”