Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie to transform its zero-emission e-NV200 van into an all-electric mobile office – the e-NV200 WORKSPACe.
This professional office environment on wheels features an integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, mini fridge, and barista-quality coffee machine, according to the automaker.
The e-NV200 WORKSPACe concept highlights the customization potential of its electric van, as the popularity of "hot-desking" and flexible working grows across the globe. Moreover, the one-off vehicle also provides an example of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, according to the company.
During 2015, the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces worldwide increased by 36%. Nissan said it estimates that small businesses and working professionals will continue to look for increased mobility and more cost-effective alternatives to traditional city-center office spaces.
Today, the average UK commuter already spends about US$4,350 dollars on travelling to work each month. London office spaces are around US$1,830 dollars per square foot annually, and estimated to rise a further 1.4% over the next year.
With electric vehicles costing as little as $0.02 per mile to run, the e-NV200 WORKSPACe offers a desk space solution that could allow users to work for free in some city-centers that offer free EV charging bays. Alternately users could escape the city altogether for the countryside or coastal fresh air, according to the automaker.
The e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be rapid charged from empty to 80% power in just 30 minutes according to the automaker. There is also and internal mount of a folding Brompton bike, allowing users to make short trips around the city or compete the "last mile" of any journey.
The Nissan e-NV200 is part of Nissan’s zero-emission range, combining elements of the Nissan Leaf and Nissan NV200. It provides a zero-emission light commercial vehicle solution, with the company estimating costs of $2.43 per 100 miles, and a range of up to 106 miles on a single charge, according to the automaker.
As a supporter of zero-emission technology, Nissan said it is dedicated to providing Intelligent Mobility solutions and, to date, the company says it has sold more than 250,000 electric vehicles worldwide.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet