ROLLE, SWITZERLAND -- FedEx Express and Nissan are launching a two-month trial to evaluate how a NV200 electric vehicle (EV) prototype copes with the rigors of daily delivery duties on the streets of London.
The Nissan NV200 EV prototype uses the same EV powertrain and battery originally developed for the Nissan Leaf. To date, Nissan has sold more than 20,000 Leafs, making it the world’s best-selling all-electric car.
"The Nissan NV200 EV prototype delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life, but thanks to best-in-class running costs has great potential to ease the economic burdens placed on companies," said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami. "FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs."
FedEx Express currently operates 43 all-electric vehicles in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Memphis -- all of which are dense urban centers. With zero emissions, no tailpipe, and energy-recycling regenerative braking, the Nissan NV200 EV prototype is particularly suited for congested city streets characterized by stop-and-go traffic flow. Battery charging options include a complete recharge overnight, as well as up to 80-percent capacity in just 30 minutes using a quick charger.
"Collaboration is part of our global vehicle strategy," explained Dennis Beal, Vice President of Global Vehicles for FedEx Express. "Through collaboration we can exponentially improve and expedite what is possible. We value the opportunity Nissan has given us to provide experienced feedback and contribute to development of the best Nissan NV200 possible."
Additional trials are expected in 2012. This year, the Japan Post Service also used a NV200 EV prototype in a similar trial.