Mike Stevens | Jan 10, 2012

Like Inspector Gadget's modified Toyota Supra, Nissan's electric Leaf hatch has transformed into a van, taking the form of the e-NV200 at this week's Detroit Auto Show.

Based on the regular NV200, the all-electric van shares the bulk of its powertrain with the Leaf, with power provided by an 80kW and 280Nm electric motor.

Nissan says the e-NV200 should will a driving range of around 75 to 160 kilometres, thanks to the large lithium-ion battery pack stowed in the back.

Lke the Leaf, the e-NV200 gets a unique front-end design, dropping the familiar Nissan grille in favour of a hinged cover that hides the van's charging point.

There is also a new front bumper and headlight design, while the interior is made more futuristic through the use of a large digital display in the centre stack and behind the steering wheel.

The e-NV200 has not been confirmed for a production debut, although Nissan Vice President, Hideto Murakami, pointed to a potential launch in the future.

"A vehicle like the Nissan e-NV200 Concept would energise the current compact van market in more ways than one - helping improve the quality of urban life and providing a smart financial investment for large and small businesses alike," Murakami said.

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