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I currently have a sparkling white e-NV200 on test from Nissan Colchester. We are evaluating the van as a delivery van for our flower shop.

Initial impressions are this is a seriously good town delivery vehicle. I am not familiar with the base NV200 but its slightly larger than our current Ford Connect. In EV form this is a seriously refined and noise free vehicle. I ended up taking all the shop girls for a ride and they came away seriously impressed.

I think I should be able to achieve a usable daily range of 75-80 miles. A rapid charge may be required on busier days. Our business has a great reputation locally and we also do a fair amount of rural deliveries. This could cause some concern as the van definitely enjoys the urban environment. We would be keen to promote emission free delivery which could generate some business.

The van handles very well and feels well planted on the road. Suspension is firm but comfortable. Controls are very simple and the clutch less drive is a particular bonus around town and when in traffic. As a delivery vehicle the e-NV200 has twin side doors and it can accommodate our longest sympathy tribute at 7 feet. Turning circle is brilliant. The driving position is high and makes life very easy jumping in an out.

Lesley has estimated we have a monthly bill with insurance, tax, fuel, servicing, finance of approx. £1000 (fuel alone is £400-£500) so even with finance considerable saving could be made.

Will be using van again tomorrow and will provide some further thoughts but generally so far so good. This is an outstanding vehicle in the right environment.
 

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Ok Van returned yesterday afternoon. A good test day re deliveries as had to travel from home to shop approx 10 miles so 10% used. I then had a delivery run of 8 items which included a trip via shop in Colchester to Layer Breton approx 14 miles with few drops on way, then down A12 to Langham, then cross country to Mistley then Elmstead Market and back to shop. Including journey from home this was approx 60 miles. When I returned to shop I had 29% showing so all in all I think this is pretty decent performance. I think average range will be approx 80 miles maybe less with air con etc.

Like I said in previous post, the e-NV200 loves town so bombing down A12 in middle of delivery run can use a hefty chunk of charge. Some days we do mainly town work which really would be ideal. I think we would end up rapid charging most days purely to top up quickly which Nissan seem to have factored in.

Comfort wise my only complaint is the positioning of the drivers door window switches which stick out. I am 6'5" so found this part of the door sticking into my right knee a little. Not a deal breaker as I won't drive the van on a regular basis and I am very tall so it's very hard to find any small van that is fully comfortable. In terms of refinement though, I finished my delivery round feeling very relaxed. The lack of diesel clatter is very welcome.

As expected due to larger size, there is a little more wind noise but nothing compared to the shakes and rattles of an ICE.

I had several customers ask me about the van as it's so quiet when jumping in and out on the round.

I found the reversing camera image a little small and it can be partially obscured when reversing by steering wheel. I think on the top of the range Tekna this appears on the Sat Nav as per Leaf so would not be an issue. I am also not sure if the air con is a economic to run as the new Leaf? Still this is a superb van and a real game changer if businesses are prepared to give it a trial. I have also driven a EV Kangoo on a short demo and the Nissan feels a superior product in everyday.

Anyhow in conclusion my wife is convinced that the whole thing makes sense for the business so we will be exploring ownership. Not sure what best way to go is as yet so will look at all options including out right purchase and contract hire. The latter may be a good idea as with such a new product we just keep for three years then return so no long term risk. Whilst the monthly figures look a little higher than a similar NV200, the fuel savings would be massive at approx £400-500 a month so we can afford the additional payments. Not sure if we can still claim the government grant back though if done through contract hire?
 

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Speak to your local Nissan dealer or an EV specialist - @WorGC (Twitter) would give you an honest opinion (IMO).

Whatever - you are exactly the target for this van. The dealers will be wanting to get these out of the door and some positive PR so you have an extremely strong hand in negotiating a deal.

Reading your description, judging by the uplift this will have to your bottom line, even if a 7' tribute had not fitted, you'd still have been quids in to rent a van at your local car club or your local B&Q for these - you could have done this a dozen times a month and still be in profit :)
 

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I will try and book a trial. Today is an example of a ev prob day. I went out this morning carrying 500kg of salt and have traveled about 60 miles. No where to charge and have not stopped for 5mins. Except now as I am waiting to see a customer. Dorset is short of charge points. This is an unusual day. Really like ev. The outlander has convinced me. What about a geny in the back for emergencys haha
 

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Getting a quote and a real price in our experience can be quite different things.
 
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