Nis­san e-NV200 WORKSPACe - the world’s first all-elec­tric mo­bile of­fice

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Nis­san has col­lab­o­rated with UK-based de­sign work­shop Stu­dio Hardie to trans­form its zero emis­sion e-NV200 van into the world’s first all-elec­tric mo­bile of­fice - the e-NV200 WORKSPACe.

This pro­fes­sional of­fice en­vi­ron­ment on wheels fea­tures an in­te­grated fold-out desk, touch­screen com­puter, wire­less in­ter­net, smart­phone-con­trolled LED lights, wire­less phone charg­ing, Blue­tooth(r) au­dio sys­tem, mini fridge and barista-qual­ity cof­fee ma­chine.

The e-NV200 WORKSPACe con­cept not only high­lights the cus­tomis­able po­ten­tial of its elec­tric van, it paints a pic­ture of what desk-based em­ploy­ment could look like in the fu­ture as hot-de­sk­ing and flex­i­ble work­ing grows in pop­u­lar­ity across the globe. More­over, the one-off ve­hi­cle also pro­vides an ex­am­ple of Nis­san’s In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity vi­sion, and the com­pany’s view of how the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ve­hi­cles and peo­ple are chang­ing. Dur­ing 2015, the num­ber of co-work­ing and hot-de­sk­ing spa­ces world­wide in­creased by 36 per­cent as small busi­nesses and work­ing pro­fes­sion­als looked for in­creased mo­bil­ity and a more cost­ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional city­cen­tre of­fice space.

With elec­tric ve­hi­cles cost­ing as lit­tle as €0.03 per kilo­me­tre4 to run, the eNV200 WORKSPACe of­fers a cost-ef­fec­tive desk space so­lu­tion al­low­ing users to work for free in some city-cen­tres that of­fer free EV charg­ing bays, or es­cape the city al­to­gether for the coun­try­side or coastal fresh air.

Gareth Dun­smore, Di­rec­tor of Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles, Nis­san Europe said: “The Nis­san e-NV200 is al­ready a smart, sus­tain­able trans­port so­lu­tion for for­ward-think­ing busi­nesses, mak­ing it the ideal ve­hi­cle to be used as the ba­sis for a mo­bile work place. The e-NV200 WORKSPACe takes the in­ge­nu­ity of our 100 per­cent elec­tric van a step fur­ther and by en­list­ing the de­sign ex­per­tise of Stu­dio Hardie - renowned for its cre­ative eco ap­proach - the e-NV200 has been reimag­ined as an in­no­va­tive, zero-emis­sion work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“With prop­erty prices in our cap­i­tal cities at such a pre­mium and the mod­ern pro­fes­sional need­ing to be ever more mo­bile, busi­nesses will need to think smart and con­sider what the work­place of the fu­ture looks like,” he added. “With hot­de­sk­ing and re­mote work­ing on the rise, it is not too big a leap to see a fu­ture where our ve­hi­cles will be­come con­nected, en­ergy ef­fi­cient, mo­bile workspaces and the e-NV200 WORKSPACe project could be­come more than just a con­cept.”

The e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be rapid charged from empty to 80 per­cent power in just 30 min­utes, and for those times when you want to leave the of­fice parked and charg­ing up, there’s an in­ter­nal mount for a fold­ing Bromp­ton Bike, al­low­ing users to make short trips around the city or com­plete the ‘last mile’ of any jour­ney.

William Hardie, cel­e­brated UK-based de­signer and founder of Stu­dio Hardie, said: “We spe­cialise in cre­at­ing amaz­ing spa­ces in un­ex­pected places, but we’ve never done any­thing in an elec­tric ve­hi­cle be­fore.

“Given the van’s green cre­den­tials we wanted to max­imise the space with smart and con­sid­ered fea­tures such as sus­tain­ably sourced ma­te­ri­als and ef­fi­cient­ly­pow­ered tech­nol­ogy. We be­lieve the fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy is a re­turn to qual­ity crafts­man­ship, so we’ve also looked to hone an en­vi­ron­ment that pro­fes­sion­als will re­ally en­joy work­ing in. All the comfort and con­nec­tiv­ity of a mod­ern of­fice, with a few sur­pris­ing touches thrown in!”

The Nis­san e-NV200 is part of Nis­san’s pop­u­lar zero-emis­sion range, com­bin­ing the best el­e­ments of two multi-award win­ning ve­hi­cles - the Nis­san Leaf and Nis­san NV200. It pro­vides a zero-emis­sion light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle so­lu­tion, of­fer­ing low ve­hi­cle run­ning costs of €3.00 per 100 kilo­me­ters and a range of up to 170 km on a sin­gle charge. This makes it the per­fect trans­porta­tion op­tion for busi­nesses both big and small, as not only does it con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing a com­pany’s car­bon foot­print, it is also prac­ti­cal, re­li­able and cost-ef­fec­tive.

As a pi­o­neer of zero-emis­sion tech­nol­ogy, Nis­san is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions for all and to date, the com­pany has sold more than 250,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles world­wide.

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