Nissan e-NV200

British Gas piloting Nissan e-NV200 fleet.

 

We at Easy Gap Insurance have heard that Twenty-eight Nissan e-NV200 vans are set to be deployed by British Gas this winter to determine the viability of 100% electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet. This pilot scheme will be run in collaboration with Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College.

 

Comments from British Gas on the change.

Colin Marriott, General Manager of the British Gas fleet commented, “We’re committed to leading the industry in reducing the amount of carbon and other harmful tail pipe emissions emitted by our 13,000 strong vehicle fleet. This trial, the largest of its kind in the UK, is a great opportunity for us to understand how the Nissan e-NV200 vans perform during the winter as we move towards our goal of having at least 10% of our fleet running on electricity by 2015.” He then went on to report, “We have worked closely with Nissan and Hitachi Capital to ensure that the Nissan e-NV200 is ready to support our engineers during even the most demanding of winter conditions. All 28 have also been provided with a British Gas home charging point and access cards to public infrastructure to keep the vehicles charged up. I would like to thank Nissan, Hitachi Capital and Gateshead College who have all supported us to make this trial a reality.”

 

The Nissan e-NV200 model

The e-NV200 model has been globally piloted for two years ahead of the van going on sale to the public next year. The Nissan model is a zero-emission compact van that promises a dramatic reduction in running costs as well as cutting down on emissions into the environment since it’s CO2 emissions should be down to 0g/km at the point of use.

The Nissan e-NV200 model pilot scheme.

As the largest ever electric commercial vehicle evaluation in the UK to date, the winter test outlines the importance of the relationship between Nissan and British Gas as they are allowed to be involved in this crucial phase of zero-emission vehicle testing. The pilot is designed to assess how the vans perform in winter conditions nationwide during the typical British Gas home services daily usage patterns. As British Gas home services engineers operate within a defined zone, the Nissan e-NV200 can easily operate within a British Gas’ daily usage pattern. Overall the pilot will last for around five months, from November 2013 to April 2014 and will be able to give an insight into the vans capabilities for British Winter and Spring weather.

The period over Christmas is expected to be one of the busiest times for the British Gas brand for a large number of years and we at Easy Gap Insurance would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to all of our readers, to drive safe and carefully on the roads this winter. It has recently come to light that drink driving arrests increased during the festive period in 2012 and we would like to encourage all readers to think before getting in the car, the morning after the night before.

 

Hitachi Capital has also undertaken IMI training to a high level in conjunction with Gateshead College and will be involved in generating accurate total cost of ownership modelling to compare this technology with conventional the internal combustion engine drive-train.

Gateshead College has delivered all of the training to the British Gas drivers to ensure they are fully briefed in how to drive and live with the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200. Local to the Nissan Sunderland Plant, Gateshead College is Europe’s leading facility for training in LCV development and will ensure drivers are fully able to exploit the Nissan e-NV200.

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