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Nissan’s E-NV200 electric minivan concept begs the question: Can minivan’s ever be cool?

We’ll be honest and say that we haven’t really given minivans much love in the past. Of course you can’t really blame us. Typically minivans aren’t the most fun or exciting cars; they’re often big and bulky gas guzzlers that are just plain boring to drive. But it looks like Nissan is trying to change all that, at least a little, with its new E-NV200 concept minivan.

It’s important to note that cars, by nature, are generally a very visceral experience. We don’t always like what we “should” but rather what looks “cool”, or feels good to drive. That’s nothing new of course, it’s part of human nature — some of us are just more practical than others.

With that being said, Nissan’s EV minivan checks some boxes in our book when it comes to style. In addition to a spacious and pseudo-futuristic glass roof panel, the car features a slick touch display, LCD instrument, and can seat five passengers comfortably 

Even though we love Nissan’s Leaf, there isn’t a great deal of cabin or cargo space. That might serve well for quick trips to the grocery store, but what about taking your brood to soccer practice? The E-NV200 is not only Nissan’s attempt to inject some much needed spice in the mini-van segment, but also a way to offer up a zero-emissions electric alternative while providing greater utility and a larger passenger capacity often lacking in many of today’s EVs.

While Nissan’s electric E-NV200 seeks to address concerns regarding cargo and space, it’s also looking to offer a viable green alternative when it comes to fuel economy. The concept minivan is designed to achieve a comparable driving range to the Leaf, and features a similar drivetrain comprised of a 48-module lithium-ion battery powering an 80 kW motor.

Details such as pricing, or when and if the E-NV200 will be available to purchase, are still unclear, but given that the car is planned for use in New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ project gives us a good indication that it most likely will make it to commercial production.

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