FedEx Express and Nissan are collaborating over a two month period to evaluate how the NV200 EV prototype copes with the rigours of daily duties in the capital.
The electric van prototype uses the same EV powertrain and battery as found in the LEAF.
Beth Galetti, vice president of planning and engineering, FedEx Express EMEA said: ‘FedEx is proud to collaborate with Nissan on this initiative. Our cross-sector approach to reduce dependence on petroleum, reduce carbon impact and eliminate tailpipe emissions remains unwavering.
‘At FedEx, we seek to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways and we will continue to work closely with Nissan to change what is possible.’
‘Zero-emission vehicles like Nissan LEAF are already playing an increasingly significant environmental role in our towns and cities,’ said Nissan corporate vice president Hideto Murakami, responsible for the global LCV business unit.
‘The Nissan NV200 EV prototype delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life, but thanks to best in class running costs has great potential to ease the economic burdens placed on companies.
‘FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs.’
FedEx Express currently operates 43 all-electric vehicles in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Memphis – all of which are ideal dense urban centres.
Battery charging options include a complete recharge overnight or up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes using a Quick Charger.
Additional trials are anticipated for 2012 mirroring similar trials held in 2011, where the NV200 EV prototype was used by the Japan Post Service on delivery and collection duties in Japan.