Nissan to Sell e-NV200 Commercial Vehicle in The U.S.?

Jun 13, 2014 10:59 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Nissan has announced that its e-NV200 is undergoing a six-week trial in Portland, Oregon to figure out the viability of a Nissan electric commercial vehicle in the U.S. market.

Oregon was chosen by the automaker because it has been a top five market for Nissan Leaf sales in the U.S., according to a company release.

"If we determine that e-NV200 fits into the U.S. commercial vehicle market, we expect that Portland would be a leading driver for sales as well," said Toby Perry, Nissan's director of EV marketing in the U.S., in a statement.

The trial run is being done in collaboration with Portland General Electric, which assigned the e-NV200 into its fleet of vehicles with an underground crew.

The e-NV200 replaced a larger, diesel-powered van and so far it's worked out for the company.

Companies that replace gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles could "enjoy a substantial reduction in operating costs and vehicle maintenance, while lowering their vehicle emissions footprint," according to Nissan.

The e-NV200 is the second electric vehicle that Nissan has offered in certain global markets, which also include Japan and Europe.

No timetable has been set for a decision on whether or not the Nissan e-NV200 will be sold in the U.S.

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