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.