imageNissan has launched its second 100% electric vehicle, the e-NV200 van.

It follows the LEAF and, the company says, takes Nissan into the next important stage of its “zero-emission revolution”.

What’s new about the Nissan e-NV200?

Nissan’s taken its light commercial vehicle, the NV200, and replaced the engine with an electric motor.

But the carmaker’s gone a lot further than that. Nissan tells us that 30% of components are unique to the e-NV200. It features styling changes over the standard NV200, as well as a re-engineered chassis, interior updates, and a higher capacity regenerative braking system.

Will the Nissan e-NV200 be expensive to maintain?

While many business users like the obvious appeal of not having to pay for petrol or diesel, aside from range anxiety their main concern is usually the cost of maintenance. Surely a futuristic electric car powered by batteries could prove to be unreliable and cost a lot to maintain?

This isn’t the case, according to Nissan. For a start there are no belts, oil, gearbox or clutch – all expensive consumables that can result in hefty bills if a van leads a hard life. In fact, the manufacturer says that planned maintenance costs of the e-NV200 are 40% lower than a conventionally powered van.

What is the range of the Nissan e-NV200?

With a range of 106 miles from a single charge, Nissan claims the e-NV200 will be the ideal small van for most companies. Most businesses that use compact vans average less than 62 miles per day – while, across Europe, 35% of small vans never exceed 75 miles in one journey.

As standard, the battery can be recharged overnight in eight hours using a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW charger. Alternatively, if a faster charge is required, this can be reduced to four hours if the optional 6.6kW/32-amp charger is fitted and a suitable supply is used.

For businesses that require an even faster charge, a 50kW quick charger can recharge the battery to around 80% in less than half an hour, as long as it’s not completely flat in the first place. A network of these quick chargers is already in place, with 1,100 across Europe and 220 in the UK. Nissan says that many e-NV200 fleet operators will install their own quick chargers, with a UK taxi company already having done so.

Can I buy an e-NV200 car?

Confusingly, the e-NV200 electric van isn’t just a van. If you want a practical, electric car then the e-NV200 is also available with five seats.

Ideal for taxis, you might think. But Nissan is also launching dedicated taxi versions of the e-NV200 built to comply with regulations in various capital cities around the world. When it’s launched in London, we expect it to feature retro black cab looks.

How much will the Nissan e-NV200 cost?

Prices for the Nissan e-NV200 van start at £13,393, with the Combi five-seater costing from £17,855. On top of these prices you’ll pay £61 a month to lease the battery.

Alternatively, you can take full ownership of the vehicle with battery included, from £16,562 for the van and £22,859 for the Combi.