NISSAN AND BRITISH GAS LAUNCH UK LARGEST EVER ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE PILOT
So can you say 28 all-electric Nissan e-NV200 vans join British Gas’ fleet for a six month national winter test?!
First off, this is a Pilot in partnership with Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College. So, British Gas piloted 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans throughout the winter. They were deciding the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology. That’s part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet. This demonstration is by collaborating Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College. The pilot will see the four strategic partners working together during this testing period.
Most noteworthy, Nissan has been globally piloting the e-NV200 for two years ahead of the van going on sale to the public next year. As the UK’s largest ever electric commercial vehicle evaluation to date, the winter test underlines the importance of the relationship between Nissan and British Gas to be involved in this important phase of zero-emission vehicle testing.
In addition, the pilot of the Nissan e-NV200s conducted nationwide. That’s right, from November 2013 until April 2014. They just want to assess how the vans do. Performing during winter conditions in typical British Gas home services daily usage patterns.
Therefore, as part of a long-standing contract to manage the entire fleet for Centrica. So British Gas’ parent company, Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions’ dedicated British Gas team worked together with extensive testing to prove the concept and played a key role in rolling out to engineers and then providing on-going 24 hour support.
Furthermore, Hitachi Capital has undertaken IMI training to a high level with Gateshead College. They will work to in generating exact total cost of ownership modelling. That’s to compare this technology with the conventional internal combustion engine drivetrain.
Gateshead College has delivered all the training to the British Gas drivers. That’s to ensure they are fully briefed in how to drive and live with the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200. Local to Nissan’s 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.
Available on forecourts, this the Nissan e-NV200 is a breakthrough zero emission compact van. It promises a dramatic reduction in running costs while also helping the environment. Since bringing CO2 emissions down to zero at the point of use. As well, British Gas home services engineers run within a defined zone. So the Nissan e-NV200 can easily use within a British Gas daily usage pattern.