Nissan has added an electric option to its large van offering with the launch of the Interstar-e.
Sitting alongside the all-new diesel version of the Interstar, the Interstar-e shares its underpinnings with the Renault Master and will compete with the newly updated Mercedes eSprinter.
It offers two battery options, both with rapid DC charging and what Nissan call’s “competitive” load and towing capacities. Higher-specification versions of the Interstar-e feature an 87kWh battery that offers up to 286 miles of range and accepts DC charging at up to 130kW. That will allow drivers to add up to 157 miles of range in just half an hour. 11kW AC charging will also allow at-depot charging to full in around four hours.
A smaller ‘mission’ battery with a 40kWh capacity is also available, offering 124 miles or range and slower 50kW DC charging.
The Interstar-e has a maximum payload of 1.6 tonnes – down on the diesel version’s 2.0-tonne limit – but it shares the ICE version’s 2.5-tonne towing capacity. Both exceed the limits of the new eSprinter and are among the best in class.
Practical updates over the previous Interstar include wider side doors, a longer load area and reduced turning circle to help navigate urban environments. Inside, driver and passenger now benefit from heated seats and a more user-friendly, high-tech cabin layout. Standard safety features include forward emergency braking with reaction times half that of the previous van, drowsiness warning and trailer sway assist. A ‘one-box’ braking system is also standard to ensure even braking force regardless of the load.
“Nissan’s next-gen Interstar is the ultimate ally for essential businesses that keep society running. With an all-electric version, increased load capacity, and a diverse range of conversion options, we’re delivering exactly what our everyday champions – the SMEs of the world – need to keep society running smoothly,” commented Nissan Europe’s LCV director Nicolas Tschann.