Nissan has unveiled a seven-seat production version of its electric e-NV200 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Called the Evalia, the passenger-carrier is available to order from April 2015.
Nissan said the new model, which it displayed as a concept vehicle at the Hanover CV Show last September, would appeal to taxi fleets and shuttle services. The Japanese manufacturer said it brought forward the launch of the seven-seat version to meet customer demand.
The Evalia is configured with two seats in the front, three in the middle and two in the rear. The second and third rows can be folded down to make room for more luggage. Nissan claimed that with the second row rolled forward and the third row folded to the side there is a maximum 2.94m3 cargo capacity – enough to carry three bicycles with the wheels fitted.
The new model is available with the Chadgmo quick charging system, which gives access to more than 1500 charging points across Europe but Nissan said some users of the e-NV200 in the UK have installed their own quick chargers to increase the car’s usability.
“We have always planned to offer a higher-seating capacity version of the Nissan e-NV200. Marketplace demand has meant we have moved this introduction forward by several months to satisfy this need. Nissan has had requests from taxi companies, VIP transfer services, hotels and private motorists who are interested in buying this uniquely flexible and capable vehicle,” said Jean-Pierre Diermaz, Nissan’s director of electric vehicles.