Bevan charges into electric market with Nissan e-NV20024 January 2020

West Midlands-based Bevan Group has signed a deal with conversion specialist Voltia, of Slovakia, to assemble and market the zero-emission Nissan e-NV200 van.

Voltia’s conversion features walk-in rear doors and has a load volume of up to 8m3, said to be almost twice that of the standard e-NV200 – a variant with 6m3 cargo area is also available. It has a 580kg payload capacity.

The 2.2-tonne vehicle’s electric motor produces 80kW and 254Nm of torque, and the vehicle’s range is up to 200km on a single charge.

Voltia developed the conversion in co-operation with Nissan and customers benefit from the chassis maker’s standard warranty. Bevan will back the bodywork with its own five-year cover.

The deal makes it possible to acquire the converted vehicle at a lower price than was previously possible – Voltia has provided “hundreds” of the electric vans to operators across continental Europe, but import costs for finished vans have made it prohibitively expensive to UK operators.

Bevan has demonstrators available for trial and says it is aiming to produce ten vehicles a week. It will convert the Nissan chassis using imported panels and components, but says it eventually plans to manufacture parts in-house.

Anthony Bevan, group managing director, says it is “a hugely exciting opportunity”, adding: “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 8m3 carrying capacity.”

The Voltia partnership, he adds, is the first phase in the group’s strategy to drive electric vehicle conversions and says: “We’ll have more news very soon, so watch this space.”

Laura Cork

Related Companies
Bevan Group Bodies Ltd
Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd

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