Automaker Nissan to launch the e-NV200, known as a new electric van, with global production next year in Barcelona. The vehicle is not a hybrid, but it uses stored electricity to power the van to a maximum high speed of more than 90 miles-per-hour.
According to Nissan Motor Company, they will be investing $127 million or 100 million euros, in the sovereign state to start construction, during its 2013 financial year at its Barcelona plant.
They have already been producing the fuel-powered NV200.
“The e-NV200 represents a genuine breakthrough in commercial vehicles and further underlines Nissan’s leadership within the electric vehicle segment,” executive vice president Andy Palmer stated at the plant.
The Leaf passenger car was Nissan’s first all-electric vehicle and the e-NV200 will be its second. There are expected to be 700 jobs created in the manufacturing of this vehicle.
“The new model will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally powered compact van, but with zero CO2 emissions,” Andy Palmer, executive vice president for Nissan, said in the statement.
The performance and range of the van are expected to be very much like that of the Leaf, with a maximum speed of more than 90mph and distance of 109 miles with a full charge.