February 18, 2020

Bevan Group enters the electric vehicle arena with Nissan e-NV200 conversion

Commercial vehicle body builders Bevan say its customers can now choose a fully electric van which offers up to twice the cargo volume of similarly sized competitors.

The West Midlands-based group have announced the signing of a partnership agreement with conversion specialist Voltia, under which it has been awarded a licence to assemble and market the zero-emission Nissan-based vehicle in Great Britain and Ireland.

The 2.2-tonne Nissan e-NV200 is ideally suited to ‘last mile’ delivery work in towns and cities. Voltia’s conversion features walk-in rear doors and offers a load volume of up to 8m3, which is virtually twice that of the standard e-NV200 – a variant with 6mcargo area is also available. It has a 580kg payload capacity.

The vehicle’s electric motor produces 80 kW and 254 Nm of torque, with a reported range of up to 125 miles from a single charge. Voltia developed the conversion in close co-operation with Nissan – customers benefit from the chassis manufacturer’s standard warranty, while Bevan will back the bodywork with its own five-year cover. 

 A fleet of demonstration vehicles is now available for trial. Production is due to commence at one of Bevan’s factories in the Black Country town of Wednesbury before the end of January, and the company is aiming from launch to complete 10 vehicles each week.

 “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for our business,” says Bevan Group managing director Anthony Bevan. “The Nissan e-NV200 with Voltia conversion is an outstanding product which combines the environmental compatibility of a fully electric, zero-emission drivetrain, with the market-leading productivity of an 8mcarrying capacity.

“The fact that the driver can stand up in the back of the van also offers obvious benefits in terms of health and safety, while at nearly 125 miles its range comfortably exceeds the requirements of most, if not all, ‘last mile’ delivery specialists.

“These attributes also make the van a very attractive proposition for tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters who work in urban areas, so we’ll also be offering a range of racking options to suit their needs.”