Another firm has taken up the gauntlet that has been thrown down to put the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 to the test in the now famous ‘£2 Challenge’.
The idea is for business van users, as well as fleet operators, to appreciate just how much juice they can squeeze from the firm’s all-electric van. Nissan says most firms will be able to run it for less than £2 a day.
The latest to take up the challenge is Fruit 4 London which put the model through its paces as they undertook a busy day of delivering fruit across the city to see how far £2 of electrical charging would take them.
Nissan e-NV200 offers great performance
The firm really did put the van through its paces and began with a full load from its Spitalfields Market base to make 15 deliveries before returning back to HQ after driving nearly 37 miles.
The van was driven by the firm’s director Laszlo Mulato who found that there was 50% of the van’s original charge still remaining.
This means that if the company ran the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 and it undertook 3,900 deliveries every year, racking up nearly 10,000 miles, it would cost just £260 in electricity to run.
Big savings are possible with the Nissan e-NV200
In addition, because the van has zero emissions, the firm would not need to pay London’s congestion charge which would save several hundred pounds a year more.
Laszlo said: “This has opened our eyes to the benefit of using an electric van, particularly the e-NV200.
“We have seen how much we could save by making the transition which, as a small business, it’s hard to argue with figures like that.”
He added that many of their clients, as well as potential customers, had already expressed a preference for working with suppliers who are ‘green minded’.
The Nissan e-NV200 utilises tried and tested technology from the Nissan Leaf, which is built in Britain and is the world’s top-selling electric car. The van can cover more than 160 miles from a single charge and a recharge to 80% can take as little as 30 minutes.
Nissan says that its van will cost owners just 2p a mile to run.
More information about the Nissan e-NV200 is available from their website.