Nissan is exhibiting five models from its Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) lineup, including trucks equipped with EV-related technology at the 2011 Tokyo Truck Show, currently being held at Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Centre.
Nissan is working on the development and sales of zero-emission vehicles, including the electric vehicle (EV) Nissan LEAF, as well as battery development and production. From July 2011, the company began efforts to widen the EV range into the LCV sector, with the launch of global proving tests for the NV200 based EV.
Extending this initiative further, Nissan is exploring the potential to expand the EV technologies that have been developed to date in the truck sector. Therefore, Nissan is exhibiting trucks equipped with Nissan LEAF components and other EV-related technologies. Nissan is showing three trucks: the e-NT400 Cabstar Concept, the Cabstar Refrigerator Van with Li-ion Battery, and the Cabstar Power Supply Truck. In addition to the above models, Nissan will be showcasing its wide-ranging line-up at the exhibition, including the NV200 Combi Taxi, the only vehicle in Japan certified as a Universal Design Taxi.
The NV200 Combi, which is the base model of the NV200 Taxi, was selected as the next-generation taxi for New York City in May of this year. This vehicle is a new generation of LCV that was developed to respond to the needs of customers on a global level and is already being sold in nearly 40 countries. Nissan aims to introduce various new LCVs in the future in order to meet the needs of its customers, and by fiscal 2016 to become the leading LCV manufacturer in the industry.
Nissan corporate vice president Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, says: "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."