US cargo giant FedEx and Nissan will commence the first field trial of the e-NV200 delivery van in Singapore.
The trial is the first part of a testing program announced by the two companies at the Hannover Motor Show. The vehicles have already been put through a limited testing program in the UK and Japan.
Nissan will supply FedEx with a single vehicle for a month-long trial as a delivery van in Singapore, with a range of measurements taken for the purpose of fine-tuning.
The Japanese carmaker will use the data gathered for the ongoing development of the van's powertrain and software. This FedEx trial is one of 100 similar zero-emissions global partnerships for Renault-Nissan.
Expected to launch globally in 2014, the e-NV200 is an all-electric light van that was first shown at the Detroit Show in 2012.
Based on the existing NV200 light van, the powertrain is swapped for a Leaf-based all electric system, with the batteries stowed in the rear of the vehicle. Like the leaf, the charging flap is located in its nose, replacing the grille of petrol versions.
Nissan's early predictions were of a range of 75-160km, which should suit the demands of the compact island state.
The NV200 is also the basis for the next-generation New York taxi, so the FedEx trial may contribute to a zero-emission future for New York's cabs.
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