A Cornwall taxi company has taken delivery of one of the first all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi models to arrive in the UK.
St Austell-based C&C Taxis has added the award-winning electric van to its six-strong fleet of electric Nissan LEAFs earlier this month.
The five-seater Combi – Next Green Car’s LCV of the Year – has since clocked up more than 1,000 miles across the Duchy.
Already C&C’s fleet manager, Mark Richards, is sure the company’s onto another winner, calculating that, just like each LEAF on the fleet, the e-NV200 Combi will save £10,000 in fuel bills per year.
What’s more, the additional versatility and practicality of the e-NV200 Combi has convinced him to commit to a long-term strategy of phasing out the company’s remaining diesel vehicles and replacing them all with EVs.
Mark said: “We’ve had such great success with our LEAFs we decided we were going to buy an e-NV200 the minute we learnt it was going to be launched.
“Now we have one, we’re absolutely delighted with it. It does everything the LEAF does but is much bigger and offers more space.
“We’ll definitely be ordering more.”
Priced from £17,855 (including the £5,000 Government Plug-in Car Grant), the e-NV200 Combi is capable of covering 106 miles on a single charge and can be rapid charged from zero to 80% full in around 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, running costs are as low as two pence per mile and users also benefit from low maintenance costs that make for unrivalled total cost of ownership – £1,200 lower than a conventional diesel van over four years.
A video about C&C Taxi’s use of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 Combi can be viewed here