Nissan starts European production of its all-new fully-electric Townstar EV light commercial vehicle (LCV)

Nissan has announced the start of production of its new all-electric Townstar EV that will be sold across select European markets. The availability of the all-new Townstar EV marks the latest milestone in the company’s quest to electrify its line-up and contribute to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

This new electric vehicle (EV) builds on the success of the e-NV200. Hailing from Nissan’s electric light commercial vehicle (e-LCV) expertise, it was engineered for capability, reliability and sustainability, with business owners in mind. It’s built on a CMF-C platform shared with Renault and will be manufactured at the Alliance centre of excellence for small vans in Maubeuge, France.

The all-new electric Townstar EV features a powertrain optimised with intelligent energy management and battery thermal cooling. Thanks to its aerodynamic design and related efficiencies it delivers a range of 186 miles (300km). 

Delivering 122 PS and 245Nm of torque, the Townstar EV’s 45kWh battery can accept AC charging (11kW or 22kW) or DC quick charging (CCS format). The latter enables users to charge the battery from 15 to 80 percent in as little as 37 minutes.

Emmanuelle Serazin, Nissan Europe LCV & Corporate Sales Director, said: “The start of production of our all-new Townstar EV is designed to meet the needs of our customers and increasing demand for sustainable powertrain solutions. 

“The class-leading range of our fully electric Townstar will help even more LCV owners discover the benefits of electrification while supporting the evolving environmental landscape of European cities.”

Nissan’s New Townstar EV LCV

Depending on the specifications, other highlights include a payload of between 600 to 800kg and a towing capacity of up to 1,500kg. The Townstar EV’s versatile cargo area holds ranges between 3.3 to 4.9 cubic metres, enough to carry two Euro pallets.

For customers, the Townstar EV offers a practical midsize electric LCV solution ideal for dealing with changing emissions regulations and zero emission zones, increased urbanisation and the growth of e-commerce.

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Inside, the Townstar EV puts ergonomics and ease of use at the forefront. Boasting more than 20 technology features, including an on-board connectivity service and a 10-inch digital instrument panel, the Townstar EV represents the most advanced van in Nissan’s current LCV line-up.

The all-electric Townstar will introduce Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist advanced driving assistance system to the LCV line-up. This technology, along with Nissan’s unique Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM), provides drivers with extra support. 

In addition, and for improved cabin comfort, a heated steering wheel, windscreen and front seats are available. A heat pump improves both efficiency and comfort in colder temperatures by distributing heat from the battery into the cabin.

Serazin added: “Our electrification expertise and leadership in the e-LCV segment has been a critical component in the development of the fully electric version of the Townstar.

”We’re confident that the Townstar EV’s raft of advanced safety features, versatile configurations and practical capabilities suit sustainable business operations.”

An array of Advanced Driver Assistance technologies for those on the move include Blind Spot Warning, Hands-Free Parking, Active Cruise Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, Side Wind Assist and Trailer Sway Assist.

The Townstar EV boasts an industry-leading five-year or 99,419 mile (160,000km) warranty, demonstrating Nissan’s continued commitment to quality. It expands on this offering with an eight-year warranty on the battery’s state of health up to 70 percent.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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