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post #1 of 35 Old 03-04-2014, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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What Would you Think of an e-City Express?

I mean hey Nissan has one after all... the e-NV200 which is essentially a cross between the Nissan Leaf and the NV200. The reason i ask is because Ford did briefly have an Electric Transit Connect for sale but the project was cancelled when the supplier went bankrupt.

There is certainly an opportunity to capture this market in its nascent stages. Consider the e-NV200 carries a 100 mile range, which may be a little on the low side if you're operating in LA or NYC, but I think other metros could see big benefits from this.

Do you think Chevy will do it as well?


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I like the instrument cluster
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Since the City Express is a smaller cargo van I think it would work. Obviously, its possible since the Nissan van is doing it. I just wonder if it would sell so well. Is there really that much demand?
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I mentioned this is the other e-city express thread:

if a gasser City Express pulls down say 25 MPG, using an average of $3.50 a gal you would consume $2500 in fuel per year. If you could save $1800 of that cost you're still only seeing savings of $6.00 per day. If you couple that with the inevitable premium charged for electric the pay back is WAY too long to justify the initial costs.

A hybrid would likely do better in this scenario, but again it all comes down to the initial premiums being charged.

SO to be honest while it could be attractive to say cabbies, I just dont see the e-NV being popular with small biz, nor do i think an e-express will be coming our way...
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its a hard sell thats for sure

batterys aint light or cheap
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That and when people think about the long-term, e.x cost to replace these batteries, it will scare them, seeing how it's a big and expensive component.
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That and when people think about the long-term, e.x cost to replace these batteries, it will scare them, seeing how it's a big and expensive component.

and whats funny is that payback and battery failure are likely to show up at similar times, in terms of batterys life span..
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thats how i feel too

so once you get your payback
you loose it all after the battery dies

unless its covered under warranty.

people say lithium batterys last a long time and dont wear out but everything that we have experienced with lithium batterys seem to suggest otherwise.
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and whats funny is that payback and battery failure are likely to show up at similar times, in terms of batterys life span..
good point.
im sure they give you back money for the "core"
we just need more convincing details
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a few EV manufacturers cover this by offering a very long warranty on the battery.
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