The All-Electric Nissan Townstar EV Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Nissan Townstar EV
Price: £29,945
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 45 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 183 miles 
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Nissan Motor Corporation, a leading player in the global automotive sector is headquartered in Japan. The company is well known for leading automotive brands, to include, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun. In 1999, Nissan became part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota.



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Nissan Townstar EV Panel Van


The Nissan Townstar EV replaced the ubiquitous all-electric Nissan E-NV200 panel van in 2022. The Townstar electric van is available in one EV battery size: 45 kWh. The automotive manufacturer claims an electric range up to 183 miles on a full charge. Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 155 miles.

For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that higher the speed of the electric vehicle (EV), the greater the energy consumption, and lower the pure electric range. As an example, for the Townstar EV at 20 mph the energy consumption (Wh/miles) is 177, while at 50 mph and 70 mph, the energy consumption is 294 (Wh/miles) and 379 (Wh/miles) respectively.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 80 kW DC. The EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 42 minutes at 80 kW DC. The Nissan electric van has a 11 kW AC (3-phase) onboard charger as standard. Charging at 11 kW via a dedicated three-phase EV charging station will take 3.7 hours to achieve 100% charge. The manufacturer also offers a 22 kW AC onboard charger, but this is not standard for all variants. Charging at 22 kW three-phase will charge the EV battery 100% in just 2 hours.

Most business premises in the UK are powered by three-phase power supply, while most homes are powered by single-phase power supply.Charging the electric van via a single-phase electric car charger will take up to 7 hours to achieve a 100% charge. Though the e-van can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle. It will take up to 26 to achieve 100% charge using a domestic 3-PIN plug.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Nissan offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Nissan Townstar EV panel van delivers a maximum power up to 121 PS and 245 Nm torque. The electric van can achieve 0-60 mph in 15 seconds. The top speed of the EV is 84 mph. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range.

The electric van is available in two lengths: L1 (4486 mm) and L2 (4910 mm). L1 offers cargo volume up to 3.3 m3, while L2 offers up to 4.3 m3. The payload of the electric commercial van is up to 846 kg. The EV offers 2 seats for the L1 and 3 seats for the L2 variant.

The EV offers a host of features, to include, the Nissan ProPILOT (intelligent cruise control, intelligent forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and intervention, intelligent emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. The EV also offers compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also on offer are front and rear cameras.

The Nissan Townstar EV is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘small vans’ category. These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emission. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £2,500.

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PROS CONS
Decent pure electric range 22 kW AC onboard charger not standard on all variants
80 kW DC Charging Only available in one battery size
11 kW onboard chargerTop of the range expensive

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The All-Electric Nissan Townstar EV Panel Van (credit: Nissan)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes (December 2022)

Variants (4 Options)
Townstar EV VISIA (from £29,945)
Townstar EV ACENTA (from £31,495)
Townstar EV TEKNA (from £32,795)
Townstar EV TEKNA + (from £34,845)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 45 kWh
Charging:80 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 42 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 3.7 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions (L1/L2)
Height (mm):1864 – 1864
Width (mm):2159
Length (mm):4486 – 4910
Wheelbase (mm):2716 – 3100
Turning Circle (m):11.3
Cargo Volume (m3):3.3 – 4.3
Payload (kg):840 – 846

Townstar EV
EV Battery Capacity:45 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):183 miles 
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/mile):177 – 379
Charging: 80 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 42 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 3.7 hrs)
Top Speed:84 mph
0-60 mph:14 – 15 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):121
Torque (Nm): 245
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:2/3
Towing Capacity (kg)/ Braked/ Unbraked:1,500 – 700
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,220 – 2,485
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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