Nissan e-NV200 electric van gets longer-range battery; still no U.S. plans

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While U.S. buyers eagerly await the arrival of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car at dealerships early next year, the company has updated another of its electric vehicles as well.

Unfortunately, it's one that the company has no current plans to sell in North America.

That's the new longer-range version of the Nissan e-NV200 small delivery van, which has been on sale for several years in Japan and various European countries.

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On Monday, Nissan unveiled the updated e-NV200 at its Nissan Futures 3.0 event in Oslo.

The Norwegian capital may have the highest concentration of electric cars of any city in the world, given the strong financial incentives to buy them. Norway expects to end sales of cars with combustion engines by 2025, and appears to be well on its way to that goal.

Europe, meanwhile, is expected to be at the forefront of rapid growth in electric trucks of all sizes and classes over the next decade.

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

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The 2018 version of the e-NV200 uses the same 40-kilowatt-hour battery pack that the 2018 Leaf does.

The longer-range Leaf, incidentally, went on sale in Japan this week as well, while U.S. pilot production is now underway at the company's sprawling assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The e-NV200 is the all-electric version of the gasoline-powered NV200 that has been sold in the U.S. since 2013.

READ THIS: Driving Nissan e-NV200 All-Electric Small Commercial Van (Jun 2014)

Nissan Europe said it is rated at up to 280 km (174 miles) on the NEDC test cycle, though a comparable U.S. EPA figure would likely be 120 to 140 miles.

The 2018 Leaf, which is considerably more aerodynamic than the upright e-NV200 van, is rated by the EPA at 140 miles from its 40-kwh battery.

A longer-range Leaf with a 60-kwh battery and range of more than 200 miles will go on sale at a higher price as a 2019 model in the U.S.

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

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2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

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2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)

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"Given the huge impact that business deliveries and collections and professional drivers have on air quality and traffic congestion," said Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan Europe's electric-vehicle director, "helping cut the CO2 emissions they create is a vital part of creating a more sustainable future."

Buyers in numerous European countries will be able to order the longer-range Nissan e-NV200 electric van before the end of this year.

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While Nissan has been testing earlier versions of the e-NV200 in the U.S. for a few years now, it has made no moves toward importing it for sale.

Reasons likely include far cheaper gasoline in the U.S., lower sales for small commercial vehicles the size of the NV200, and longer and more unpredictable delivery routes and usage than in European city centers.

[hat tip: Brian Henderson]

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