The City of London Corporation has conducted a week-long trial of a 100 per cent electric Nissan e-NV200 van.
The vehicle was used by fleet drivers and members of the senior management team, who found that the 100-mile range was sufficient for typical daily journeys.
The e-NV200 is based on Nissan's NV200 van, but the convenional engine is replaced with a 108bhp electric motor. It is due to go on sale next year and expected to cost from around £30,000.
John Tomlinson, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, said: “We are pleased to be one of the first organisations to trial the e-NV200 - and the feedback has been very positive. We also had access to the Nissan Leaf, which was well received by our staff, so we had no hesitation in wanting to try the e-NV200. The drivers were impressed with its comfort and responsiveness."
The City of London Corporation is the local authority for the Square Mile and looks after 350,000 daily commuters, 9,000 residents and nine million annual leisure and business visitors. In addition, it supports and promotes London as the world's leading financial centre.
Barry Beeston, Nissan GB corporate sales director said: “The e-NV200 is one of our most exciting developments in years and the trial with the City of London Corporation marked an important part of Nissan’s research and development process ahead of the vehicle’s 2014 launch. We now look forward to further developing a relationship with City of London Corporation over the coming months.”