Published on Tuesday 03 December 2013 in Van News
In what could mark a turning point in the development of the electric commercial vehicle market, British Gas has joined forces with Nissan to trial 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans. The trial has started and will carry on through the winter months until April 2014 to help ascertain the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology.
The e-NV200 will be going on sale to the public next year and the results of trials like this will be really helpful for van buyers in determining if an electric vehicle is for them.
The British Gas home services engineers operate in a defined territory, so the e-NV200 should be able to operate within this for a standard day. The trial is part of British Gas' overall objective of reducing harmful emissions from its vehicle fleet.
Interestingly, the results will look, not just at how the electric vehicle copes with day to day activity, but also at the total ownership costs of the e-NV200 versus vans with a conventional internal combustion engine drivetrain.
With forecasters predicting a severe winter ahead, Vanarama will be interested to see how the Nissan e-NV200 will perform in the challenging conditions.
Of course, we will report back on the findings of the trial next year. In the meantime, if you want to find out more about the Nissan range of commercial vehicles please click here