The firm is showcasing five LCVs at the show, three of which are featuring pioneering zero-emission battery technology.
The e-NT400 Cabstar Concept, the Cabstar Refrigerator Van with Li-ion Battery, and the Cabstar Power Supply Truck are all present at the show, and are an important development of components from the Nissan LEAF and other EV-related technologies. The Nissan NV200 Combi Taxi is also present at the show.
Perhaps the most important, however, is the Cabstar Refrigerator Van by Li-ion Battery. It’s the first of its kind in the world as its refrigerating compressor operates on a combination of an electric motor with a lithium-ion battery power system.
The vehicle’s high-efficiency electric compressor makes it possible to keep the chilled/freezer compartments operating even when the vehicle engine is switched off, while also contributing to cutting CO2 emissions. In addition, getting rid of refrigerant piping in the chassis has allowed for reducing the risk of refrigerant gas leaks.
The Cabstar Refrigerator Van also has another groundbreaking feature – a multi view monitor. It provides a bird’s eye view of the vehicle on LED screen which is located on a rearview mirror area, allowing the driver to check to their rear and passenger side.
The van is scheduled for release in Japan in late 2012, and its multi view monitor is scheduled for release in spring 2012.
Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, said: ‘In addition to passenger EVs such as the Nissan LEAF, Nissan will focus efforts on developing and disseminating commercial EVs with the aim of becoming a leader in the field of zero-emissions.
‘We are currently making preparations to release a new EV based on the LCV NV200. At this year’s Tokyo Truck Show we are exhibiting vehicles that adapt a diverse range of EV technologies, including an e-NT400 Cabstar Concept that incorporates Nissan LEAF components. We intend to communicate to visitors the value that EV trucks can produce. Through these and the other models on exhibit, I hope that visitors will be able to get a feel for the diverse value that Nissan’s commercial vehicles provide to businesses.’