Nissan has started the Barcelona plant production of its second all-electric vehicle - the e-NV200
Nissan e-NV200 is the second model in Nissan’s expanding range of electric vehicles Barcelona plant starts production of Nissan’s first electric van as part of €431 million investment New electric van provides a zero-emission solution for urban cargo delivery and taxi companies Barcelona is the only Nissan plant to produce the e-NV200, which will be exported globally e-NV200 shares drivetrain technology with the world’s best selling electric vehicle - the Nissan LEAF
Barcelona--May 6th, 2014: – Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle - the e-NV200 - which will be available as both a passenger vehicle and light commercial van. The ceremony was attended by Spanish Ministry of Industry, José Manuel Soria, Catalan President, Artur Mas; and the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, who were welcomed by Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer, Andy Palmer.
The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for this groundbreaking zero-emission vehicle, which will be available as a light commercial van, passenger vehicle and electric taxi.
Representing an investment of €100 million in Nissan’s Barcelona Plant, as part of a wider €431 million investment in its Spanish operations, the e-NV200 will initially be exported to around 20 international markets, including Japan. Just as with the Nissan LEAF introduction, the number of markets will grow after the initial launch, to continue the company’s sustained electric vehicle expansion.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer joined the VIP list at the event, adding: “This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle. This is at a time when EV’s are now recognized as mainstream technology, many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV and where Nissan has clear first mover advantage. We’re proud that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best selling electric vehicle with more than 110,000 delighted customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV.”
Barcelonawill be the first city in the world to introduce the e-NV200 as a 100% electric taxi, an initiative Palmer believes is vital for the city, continuing: “This e-NV200 taxi has renewed significance in the wake of record levels of air pollution in London and Paris. Bringing a significant number of zero emission vehicles to Barcelona’s streets will ensure cleaner air for every citizen, visitor and tourist, and we’re confident that forward-thinking councils everywhere will be clamoring to bring these benefits to their municipalities in the coming years.”
For the Mayor of Barcelona, the start of production of new all-electric van and the partnership between Nissan and Barcelona “is part of a strategy in Barcelona and its metropolitan area in order to consolidate Barcelona as the centre of a new urban economy model, based on innovation, technology and sustainability. In our city, we are strategically targeting sectors that are essential for the future, and electric vehicles are one of them. Furthermore, we are working to generate wealth in our city, strengthening our economy and the industrial sector; thus making a very important step ahead that will improve the quality of life for residents”.
Frank Torres, managing director and vice president of Nissan Spain Industrial Operations said: “Barcelona has the honour of producing Nissan’s second 100% electric vehicle, and this is a result of many years of hard work and quality improvements from the team here. This will be only the second time we have produced a model in Spain for export back to Nissan’s home market in Japan and that is a fantastic achievement by my colleagues at the plant.”
Barcelona is the only Nissan plant in the world producing the electric version of e-NV200, which means that it will be exported to all over the world, Japan included. The first vehicles exported to these markets will set sail in June.
About Nissan in Spain
Nissan cuenta con tres centros de producción en España: Barcelona, Ávila y Cantabria, donde produce los vehículos todoterreno Pathfinder y Navara; las furgonetas Primastar y NV200; y camiones ligeros NT400 Cabstar y NT500. A partir de este 2014 se empezará a producir la versión eléctrica de la NV200 desde España para todo el mercado global y también este año la planta de la Zona Franca en Barcelona iniciará la fabricación de un nuevo turismo. Además, Nissan España tiene un centro de I+D para motores y desarrollo de vehículos industriales ligeros, así como centros de recambios y de distribución. La sede de ventas de España y Portugal se encuentra en Barcelona. En total, 4.700 personas trabajan en Nissan en España y en 2013 se produjeron 131.900 vehículos.
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.
About Nissan Global
NissanMotor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with approximately 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.