A few years from now, the Nissan NV200 van will become one of the most recognizable vehicles on the planet, thanks to its future role as one of the primary taxis running around one of the most famous cities in the world, New York City.

But that won’t happen until late 2013.

Until then, Nissan will keep rolling out conceptual iterations of their van, beginning with the just-launched e-NV200 Concept, which the Japanese automaker unveiled in all its glory at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

Taking the same face and color as that of the Nissan Leaf, the e-NV200 Concept is based on the NV200 multi-usage vehicle. It previews what is already expected to be a near-future production version of a full electric vehicle designed to provide businesses or families with flexible, roomy interior space, while achieving a dramatic CO2 footprint reduction.

It doesn’t do much in the way of attractiveness, but considering its clear and unbridled purpose of being an environmentally appeasing ride, we figure we could just focus on its true calling as a spacious zero-emissions ride.

Find out more about the Nissan e-NV200 Concept after the jump.


2012 Nissan e-NV200 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The face of the Nissan e-NV200 Concept follows in the footsteps of the Nissan Leaf, which is to say that it sacrifices style for overall substance. The wide hood comes with a large central charging port door with a matching blue–accented Nissan badge and sweeping headlights with LED illuminated accents. Large front windows and long rear greenhouse are also part of the van’s overall profile, and when combined with a pair of large glass roof panels, creates an airy, open interior that highlights the van’s interior space. The exterior is painted in a customized color, following the concept of the Nissan LEAF’s Aqua Blue, which expresses a sense of environmental friendliness.


2012 Nissan e-NV200 Concept Interior
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The interior of the e-NV200 Concept promotes an environmental touch, highlighted by the use of EV meters and matched with blue colored accents and a bright interior color palette. The van also comes with advanced telematics and a flat C-cluster display that resembles and responds to user input, similar to the functions of a tablet computer.


2012 Nissan e-NV200 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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As a zero-emissions vehicle, the e-NV200 Concept is powered by a 24kWh lithium-ion battery that’s composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates up to 207 lb/ft of torque. According to Nissan, the van’s laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion battery will have roughly the same range as that of the Leaf, which means that a full charge can travel from anywhere between 47 to 105 miles.

New York Taxi of Tomorrow

2012 Nissan e-NV200 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Despite it’s designation as a ’concept’, the e-NV200 is scheduled to become one of the principal modes of public transportation in one of the world’s most populous cities: New York City.

Beginning in late 2013, the NV200 will be designated as an official yellow taxi in Manhattan where it is estimated to carry up to 600,000 passengers a day. After winning the city’s "Taxi of Tomorrow" competition, the NV200 Taxi is slated to carry even more unique features than a standard model of the NV200.

Among the interior features that are being pegged to come with the NV200 Taxi include a spacious cargo area to accommodate luggage for four passengers, sliding doors with entry step and grab handles for easy entry and exit, passenger-controlled rear-seat heat/air conditioning with a Grape Polyphenol filter to improve cabin air quality, enhanced interior materials intended to help passenger cabin smell fresher, and breathable, anti-microbial, easy-to-clean and environmentally friendly seat upholstery.

2012 Nissan e-NV200 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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  (596) posted on 03.1.2012

The exterior is actually insipid. Anyway, the interior is nice pertaining to space. Besides it’s good for the people accommodating it, and to the environment since it is eco-friendly.

  (428) posted on 02.14.2012

Wow! This Minivan uses electric energy technology. I liked most the exterior detailing because it’s more elegant and futuristic blue sky with LEAF EV color. This concept car gives silence, a roomy cabin and functional interior panels.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

The car’s interior is very spacious with an earth theme. The car is eco-friendly powered by lithium-ion battery and easy to handle.

  (473) posted on 01.26.2012

This is a combination of a car and a van. It’ll be a good look if the community were driven by this type of car.

  (442) posted on 01.19.2012

I never thought that it will serve as a taxi on New York City, this is way too comfy for that. The wheels are fantastic with that blue metal. Moreover, I am sure that this one will be good for public transformation.

  (384) posted on 01.16.2012

Seriously, the design was not so impressive for me especially the body paint, looks very light on it’s design. But one good thing in this vehicle is that many people can ride unto it.

  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

Well, I am hoping that they should not stay this e-NV200 as a concept only. I am pretty sire that this have the guts to be one of the most recognizable vehicles in the planet.

  (333) posted on 01.13.2012

Haha. Aventador and e-NV200 is partly different from each other. So its hard to make a comparison. Anyway, I really love every part of this minivan such as the wheels, the headlights and the interior look of it.

  (446) posted on 01.12.2012

The first thing I have noticed on this car is the wheels. That was amazing, with blue on it and extremely unique design. Apart from it, I may not approve that this is gonna be the most recognizable vehicle in the planet, for me it is still the Aventador. smiley

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