Currently basking in the glow of Nissan LEAF sales that jumped 319 percent in May, Nissan has begun further recharging its electrification efforts by announcing two all-new all-electric vehicles as well as a much-anticipated new service for the LEAF itself.
Now, the high-profile news has to do with the Nissan ZEOD RC all-electric racecar, which was just introduced at Le Mans, and certainly some folks will want to know about the battery-leasing program that Nissan will be importing from Europe for LEAF owners, but let's first note that Billy Hayes, Nissan vice president for global sales of the LEAF, has confirmed that the next EV to hit the market from the company will be an electrified version of the Nissan NV200 small commercial van.
Said Hayes: "We are launching the e-NV200 100 percent electric van next year, and that opens up a whole new zero-emissions market.
"We have had prototype versions of the van running with partners like Coca-Cola and FedEx across the globe to test it in real-world conditions, and the feedback has been fantastic."
The automaker has yet to mention whether the electric Nissan NV200 would work its way into the U.S. market, but with that traditionally powered version providing the platform for NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow," all-electric cabs could be prowling the streets of the Big Apple in the not-so-distant future.