Originally published on CleanTechnica.
Nissan sold a total of 4,319 e-NV200 electric vans in Europe in 2016 — that is, there were 4,319 registrations of these vans in Europe in 2016.
Those numbers (spread across 17 European countries) mean that the Nissan e-NV200 was the best-selling electric van in Europe during 2016 — beating out the Renault Kangoo ZE by a fair margin, which landed 3,728 registrations according to EV Volumes.
Green Car Reports provides more: “It still represents a fairly small fraction of the 94,265 electric vehicles Nissan, Renault, and newly-acquired Mitsubishi sold globally in 2016.” Then again, vans always account for a small percentage of such automakers’ sales.
The European sales figure for the e-NV200 represents a large portion of its total global sales, as the model isn’t on offer in the US, Canada, or many other markets. Sales in Japan and Europe make up almost all of their sales. In these markets, the Nissan e-NV200 is often used as a delivery van or taxi.
Why hasn’t Nissan released the model in the US? Probably owing to concerns about the range, and possibly also owing to the model not necessarily being profitable (I can’t confirm this). Maybe the idea is to just continue testing out the model in Japan and Europe until battery prices drop enough to allow for better margins.
All of that said, there is definitely an untapped market in the US for a good-quality electric van. As it stands, there are no offerings out there from major manufacturers available for purchase in the US.
Reprinted with permission.