First unveiled in India at the Auto Expo in early 2014, the Nissan Evalia also called the e-NV200 is a hugely promising multipurpose vehicle (MPV), which has proven its mettle overseas (as the NV200). This is one of the most exciting cars to have graced the EV scene. I expect the price of the vehicle to be around Rs. 15,00,000/- (double the price of E2O) and I expect it to be one of the best selling cars even overtaking the Nissan Leaf.
This is a great passenger carrying vehicle. It also has room for a lot of luggage, throw in an inflatable matress and it can even double up as your camping tent. It can double up as a double storied camping tent… interesting vehicle isn’t it?
Nissan has decided to produce the car in India and export it to Bhutan from India where it along with Mahindra E2O has received confirmed orders from the Government of the Country. Bhutan is trying to do away completely with petrol/diesel cars and shift completely to a free/clean energy car. Bhutan will become the 1st country in the world to do so.
The electric MPV will be built at Renault-Nissan’s Oragadam factory on the outskirts of Chennai, India. The battery and other powertrain components will ship from Renault-Nissan’s facility in Barcelona, Spain.This Nissan vehicle is the New York taxi which says a lot about the car .
The Nissan Evalia looks very van like and is quite boxy, but still the Evalia looks quite decent.The second row doors are sliding type. The windows of the second (butterfly flap) and third row are designed in a way to look like a single piece, giving it a SUV type look.
If enough solar panels are placed strategically on this vehicle – you will not need to connect it to the power supply at all. By this I mean for normal use (2 to 3 hrs drive and 22 hrs parked) in a day.Solar Panels can be placed:
1) outside On the Roof.
2) inside as sunshade on 3 windows – each on both sides.
3) inside as sunshades on front and rear windshields.
Maybe they could incorporate these panels as sunshades in the car door itself, which you can pull up or wind up. Similarly also for the front and rear windshields. So you will not have to bother charging the car manually ever for normal use.
At the rear, the Nissan Evalia has a no-nonsense styling at the rear starting with a big tailgate, which has hydraulic struts for opening and closing.
Over all the design is very simple yet the vehicle has a lot of useful features… much more than some of the more expensive sedan or SUV combined.
Open the rear hatch and you open up a world of possibilities. Fold the rear seats… throw in an inflatable mattress and there is enough room for a couple to sleep… don’t get ideas… all I am telling is that the car has enough room to become a large camping tent. And since its a car it can hold out in all kinds of weather be it heavy rains, wild winds or chilly weather.
The battery module is set low in the vehicle under the load floor and is mounted in a reinforced zone for extra safety protection in the event of an impact. The battery mounting assembly also helps boost the torsional and lateral stiffness of the vehicle by 20 percent and 35 percent respectively over NV200.
With a low centre of gravity, the ride and handling levels of e-NV200 are exceptional, even by the standards set by the NV200 while the instant torque delivery typical of an electric vehicle means the battery-powered version accelerates faster: its 0-100km/h time is quicker than the 1.5 dCi-powered NV200, with final figures confirmed later this year.”
This vehicle can also carry bulky luggage like farm produce to the market, a full nursery of plants and gardening equipment, a bicycle, buggy or kayak… this vehicle is a multitasking vehicle.
This vehicle will not only be a hit with the camping folks but also with those into adventurers sports, cargo movers, farmers with agriculture produce and even travel & tour operators.
A passenger vehicle is a success in India only if it is accepted by the travel & tour operators and this vehicle is surely bound to be a hit with them.
To buy or not to buy?
According to me if it is priced at Indian Rs 15,00,000 then it is completely worth every single dime. Especially since you will not be paying a single Rupee for either servicing or refueling the car for its entire lifetime. Go ahead and make your bookings you will not be disappointed. Add Solar panels on the roof and you will not even need to charge the vehicle.