While diesel may have been comprehensively demonised, sales of vans that use the fuel still vastly outnumber those of battery-powered models.
Rising concern over air quality and an increasing willingness among city authorities to slap restrictions on the most polluting vehicles should mean that electric LCVs will win out long-term however, just so long as manufacturers can successfully address worries about range anxiety.
Nissan has been doing exactly that with the introduction of a new version of its front-wheel drive eNV200, which it says can travel a lot further between recharges than its predecessor.
Winner of the Green category in the 2019 What Van? Awards, the latest model promises a range of between 124 miles and 187 miles (WLTP – Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure – City and Combined cycle) thanks to the use of a 40kWh battery. That’s a 60% improvement on the old model and its 24kWh battery.
Three spec levels are listed – from entry-level Visia, through Acenta and up to Tekna, the model we sampled.