Nissan has announced its first zero-emissions factory-built camper van to sleep a family of four – and it’s 100% electric.
Nissan announced in Madrid last month that it would be releasing two new camper van models: the Nissan NV300 and the e-NV200 electric camper van. Having now boosted their electric vehicle’s range up to 200km (or 124 miles), they decided this would be sufficient to venture bravely into the electric camper market, which so far remains relatively untapped.
While this may not be suitable for the more adventurous nomad who wants to reach the far corners of the globe, it certainly could suit a family who enjoy regular holidays and want to reduce their carbon footprint.
The e-NV200 comes equipped with a 40kWh battery, which comes with a guarantee of five years or 160,000km. The battery can be Quick-Charged up to 80% in just 40-60 minutes, but if you’re planning on using a domestic household plug a full charge could take you a whopping 21 hours and 30 minutes- possibly not ideal if you’re waiting to take the kids on holiday. If you use Nissan’s 6.6KW onboard charger however, you can reach a full charge in a much more reasonable 7 hours and 30 minutes, and you can actually monitor the van battery’s progress remotely via the NissanConnect EV App on your phone.
But the gadgets don’t stop there: the van also comes fitted with a rear view monitor, built-in Satnav and automatic gearbox.
Moving onto the camper portion of the van, you can expect to sleep four people comfortably, two on a high density foam mattress created from the van’s rear folding seats- which are mounted on sliding rails- and two in the pop-top roof which also converts into a bed.
The kitchen boasts ample standing height, which is very useful when you’re cooking up a meal using the van’s built-in water and gas supplies, sink and 40L fridge with 2L freezer. The whole family can enjoy a meal around the removable kitchen table, which attaches to the kitchen unit when not in use, from the comfort of the driver and passenger swivel seats.
If it gets chilly at night you can easily pull down the window shades and crank up the heating supplied by a Webasto heater, and charge your phones or tablets via 12V and USB charging ports fitted to the van’s interior. The electric comes from an AGM battery, which can be recharged with the optional extra of a 140W solar panel.
Francesc Corberó, communication director of Nissan Iberia, says that “The new Nissan Camper range will allow the most adventurous to have a balcony with views of the most incredible places in the world and enjoy the essence of traveling with family or friends.”
The Nissan e-NV200 does offer more freedoms than many factory built campers, aside from the obvious 124 mile tether, allowing buyers to fully customise their interiors from a catalogue of conversion extras at any Nissan dealer in Spain.
A basic conversion can set you back around €6,000 (£5,300 / $6,970), with conversion company Bram Technologies offering a Weekender sleeper package or a Pacific full camper package with kitchen.
Add this onto the price of a base van, at £21,000 ($27,815) for the NV300 and £19,00 ($25,165) for the e-NV200, and you’ve got yourself a very reasonably priced and environmentally conscious camper van. Considering electric vehicle technology is still in its very early days, this camper van is well ahead of its time until we see the release of the VW ID Buzz electric camper in a few years’ time. Just don’t plan any long road trips in it yet.
Source: Nissan Europe