Japanese auto giant Nissan Motors along with Tochigi prefectural government on September 4, 2012 began testing the real world driving tests of the 100 percent commercial vehicle . The e-NV200 is now being tested in the prefecture’s rural areas.

The e-NV200 is based on Nissan’s multipurpose compact van. The electric vehicle will be mainly used to collect agricultural products from the farmers to be sold at the roadside markets among other activities.

The field testing will also help in verifying the vehicle’s convenience, environmental benefits and economic efficiency. In terms of testing the vehicle, it will go to about 20 farmers to pick up produce stands at the roadside rest stops during the field test periods.

Usually each farmer individually delivers his or her agricultural products to produce stands. But during the field test period the e-NV200 test vehicle will be used to pick up and deliver the vehicle. The field test will verify the convenience of electric vehicles from the point of view of rechargability at homes in agricultural communities. The test will also help in verifying how much it is kinder to the environment hen used it for pick up delivery to markets as it is emission free. This year Nissan has road tested with several other major fleet companies.