Nissan is embracing the zero-emission gospel with gusto.
Based around sister brand Renault’s Kangoo, its Townstar van is admittedly available with petrol power. There is no diesel option however, and Nissan is eagerly promoting the battery-electric EV version as the successor to its successful e-NV200.
Like the Kangoo, the Townstar EV comes with a 90kW electric motor. Two versions are up for grabs – the short-wheelbase L1 with a 3.3m3 load area and the long-wheelbase L2 with a 4.3m3 load area – and as usual Nissan is offering a wide choice of specifications.
Customers can opt for entry-level Visia with an 11kW AC onboard charger or progress up through Acenta, Tekna and top-of-the-range Tekna+. All three of these options feature a 22kW AC/80kW DC onboard charger.
The L2 variant is additionally marketed as a crew van, in Tekna trim only.
Significantly cheaper than its electric stablemate and able to carry up to 189kg more, the petrol TCe van is equipped with a 130hp 1.3-litre engine married to a six-speed gearbox. It is on sale in L1 and L2 guise and with all four of the aforementioned trims, but is not offered as a crew van.
Don’t forget that the Kangoo and Townstar are also marked by Mercedes-Benz under the Citan banner.
Conscious of our environmental responsibilities, we went for a Townstar EV L1 van in Tekna+ guise. Here’s how we fared.