Nissan has introduced a new van with a pure electric powertrain option – the Townstar. The Nissan Townstar electric van will replace the e-NV200 when it goes on sale.
The electric Nissan Townstar has a simple styling without EV-typical blue accents and a largely closed front-end. It’s a normal-looking electric van with a more aggressive design. It features new rectangular headlamps, a large V-shaped (faux) upper grille, a taller and wider lower grille, vertical side air inlets, and a muscular bumper with C-shaped outer ends.
The interior of the pure electric Townstar hasn’t been revealed, but it should be similar to the ICE version. Nissan has come up with an upscale design to match the more refined exterior. The new van has an elegantly designed dashboard with V-shaped HVAC vents and a floating touchscreen that looks sleek and modern. The HVAC controls and steering wheel also carry a new and improved design.
LED headlamps, Around View Monitor, Nissan ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system, 10-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and E-Call, and wireless phone charger are the main features of the Nissan Townstar EV.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-C platform underpins the Nissan Townstar EV. A standard 44 kWh battery pack powers a standard front motor generating 90 kW (122 PS) of power and 245 Nm of torque. Customers will be able to charge it at up to 11 kW with alternating current or up to 75 kW with direct current. There will be an option to upgrade the max. AC charging power support to 22 kW. The battery pack will feature active cooling as standard in configurations equipped with the 22 kW AC charger. Customers going for the standard 11 kW AC charger will get an option to add active cooling to their configuration.
Nissan expects fast-charging from 0 to 80% SoC in the Townstar electric to take 42 minutes. The company estimates a WLTP range of up to 285 km or 177 miles for the new electric van.
The Townstar offers up to 3.9 cubic metres of cargo space with a swivelling bulkhead, and its payload and towing capacities are 800 kg and 1,500 kg, respectively. However, we are yet to know which of these also apply to the electric variant.
Renault will manufacture the Nissan Townstar electric alongside its donor model, the Kangoo E-Tech, in Maubeuge in northern France. In addition to the Kangoo, under production at the site for 25 years now, the Maubeuge plant makes Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Citan, which gained an electric variant – the eCitan – in August 2021.
Jean-Philippe Daveau, Director of the Maubeuge factory, says that this facility is the Alliance’s centre of excellence for CVs and has honed expertise in EVs for the past ten years.
Nissan hasn’t announced the release date, but we expect customer deliveries to begin during the first half of next year in the UK. The company will offer an 8-year/160,000 km battery pack warranty and a 5-year/160,000 km vehicle warranty as standard.
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