The Nissan e-NV200 is the automaker’s second entry into the electric vehicle marketplace. It just began production in Barcelona, Spain a few days ago.
A press release from Nissan said the e-NV200 will soon be available in Europe as both a passenger and a cargo vehicle. Opening day ceremonies at the Barcelona plant were attended by a veritable flotilla of Spanish officials, according to the automaker. The Barcelona plant reportedly will be the global production site for the e-NV200. Initially, Nissan said the e-NV200 will be exported from the Barcelona plant to 20 other nations, including the automaker’s home market ofJapan. As with the Nissan LEAF EV, Nissan said the number of markets where the e-NV200 is sold will grow steadily after its initial introduction.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer said, “This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle. This is at a time when EVs are now recognized as mainstream technology. Many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV – where Nissan has clear first mover advantage. We’re proud that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 110,000 delighted customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV.”
Though we previously noted the e-NV200 is already being adopted as an all-electric taxi in the Netherlands, Nissan said Barcelona would be the first city to officially introduce it for taxi use. Palmer said that initiative could prove “vital” for the city, according to the release.
“This e-NV200 taxi has renewed significance in the wake of record levels of air pollution in London and Paris,” Palmer said. “Bringing a significant number of zero emission vehicles to Barcelona’s streets will ensure cleaner air for every citizen, visitor, and tourist, and we’re confident that forward-thinking councils everywhere will be clamoring to bring these benefits to their municipalities in the coming years.”
Nissan Spain Industrial Operations Managing Director and Vice President Frank Torres said, “Barcelona has the honor of producing Nissan’s second 100% electric vehicle, and this is a result of many years of hard work and quality improvements from the team here. This will be only the second time we have produced a model in Spain for export back to Nissan’s home market in Japan, and that is a fantastic achievement by my colleagues at the plant.”