Nov 22, 2012– Barcelona, Spain (Techreleased) – Nissan today presented the Nissan NV200 and the e-NV200 concept as the city’s next generation taxi, leading the way for zero emission vehicles in Spain and providing a further boost to local production in Barcelona for the automotive sector.
The presentation of the new Barcelona NV200 taxi, which took place alongside the future model to be used in New York, was attended by Xavier Trias, mayor of Barcelona, Antoni Vives, deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Vila, Fleet and Commercial Vehicle general manager at Nissan Europe, and Francisco Sauco, Fleet and Commercial Vehicle manager at Nissan Iberia.
The NV200 is a new-generation compact van suited to a wide variety of uses for customers around the world. First launched in Japan and Europe in 2009, the NV200 is now available in more than 40 countries, including China, India, and Indonesia, and has sold more than 135,000 units worldwide. It has received positive feedback from customers for its spacious interior, best-in-class fuel economy, excellent driving performance, and attractive design, and was awarded the International Van of the Year 2010. Chosen by New York City as their exclusive next generation taxi, the NV200 has also been unveiled, in concept form, as a bold new vision for London’s iconic ‘black cab’.
Both the Barcelona NV200 taxi and the concept for Nissan’s London black cab are based on the NV200 model which is manufactured at Nissan’s Zona Franca plant, a demonstration of the company’s commitment to its manufacturing facilities in Barcelona and continued development and investment in advanced technologies and the creation of new models.
The future e-NV200, a 100% electric taxi
Following an investment of €100 million, creating more than 700 new jobs, the e-NV200 will be built at Nissan’s Zona Franca plant in Barcelona from late 2013 and exported across the world. The 100% electric e-NV200 is part of Nissan’s zero emissions sustainable mobility plan and the company is today a leader and pioneer in the introduction of zero emissions mobility. Nissan has long led this sector, having produced the Nissan LEAF – the first 100% electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market – which is now the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 43,000 units on the road.
Barcelona electric vehicle capital
Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles reinforces Barcelona City Council’s strategy to promote sustainable mobility in the city and the metropolitan area and to make electric vehicles a major driver of economic development and competitiveness. It also reinforces the strong automobile industrial tradition in the Barcelona area of driving technological innovation and the development of mobility. The city is also making a significant commitment to deploy charging infrastructure, with over 250 public points distributed around the city, to ensure that the area is ready when citizens move towards sustainable zero emissions mobility. This market will be enhanced with the celebration in 2013 of the Electric Vehicle Symposium, the world congress industry benchmark.
NV200, delivering a modern transport option
The NV200 Barcelona Taxi model will be available to buy from 2 January 2013, delivering a modern transport option for the 10,500 taxi licence holders and more than 225,000 people who travel in the city’s taxis every day. Currently in development, the Nissan e-NV200 will provide a world-class, all-electric, zero emission taxi alternative from 2014.
The Barcelona NV200 taxi has a 1.5 dCi 110 hp engine and will deliver a unique combination of best-in-class fuel consumption of 5.5 l/100 km (in combined driving) with outstanding interior space that can accommodate four passengers with five large suitcases in a compact 4.40m body.
The vehicle features sliding side doors which allow easy boarding and exit for passengers, as well as being much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles as they do not open out into the road.
Jordi Vila, Fleet and Commercial Vehicles general manager at Nissan in Europe, said: “With the start of operation of the NV200 Diesel Taxi in Barcelona, Nissan expects to gather information on experiences and expectations of taxi drivers in order to prepare for our next step, the launch of the world’s most advanced zero emission compact van, the new e-NV200, which will significantly improve air quality and reduce noise levels in the city”.
Nissan contributes to the development of infrastructure
Since May 2012, Nissan has delivered 400 quick chargers for electric cars to various operators in Europe. These units have been developed by Nissan, meet CHAdeMO standards, and have been reduced in size and price by a half. A total of 42 units are to be installed in Spain with the first having been installed in Vitoria in the Basque Country. Nissan’s goal is to use these new and strategically-sited quick charging points to create the embryo of a future national quick charging network, extending the range and flexibility of use of electric vehicles.
Nissan and sustainable mobility
Symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature. That is how Nissan defines its environmental philosophy, based on the creation of a sustainable mobility society. As part of this aspiration, Nissan is a true eco-innovator. For the sake of the Earth and future generations, Nissan is working proactively to address challenges and contribute to reducing emissions into the ecosystem by its vehicle and corporate activities. Nissan offers its customers innovative products that help towards building a sustainable mobility society.
Nissan in Spain
Nissan has three production centres in Spain at Barcelona, Ávila and in Cantabria where it produces SUVs, vans and trucks. Models include the Pathfinder and Navara, Cabstar and Atleon light trucks as well as Primastar and NV200. In addition, Nissan Spain also has an R&D centre for engines and developing light commercial vehicles as well as spare parts and unit distribution centres. Its sales office for Spain and Portugal is in Barcelona. In total 4,700 people work at Nissan in Spain and in 2011 it produced 155,000 vehicles.