Nissan has introduced the Townstar, a new commercial that will replace its e-NV200 in European markets. Actually, the Townstar isn’t new—Nissan neglected to tell us (but InsideEVs helpfully did) that it’s a rebadged and slightly modified 2021 Renault Kangoo that will be available with either a gas or electric powertrain.
The Nissan Townstar EV, like the Kangoo E-Tech Electric, is built on the Alliance CMF-C platform, and it will come in both panel van and passenger versions. It has a 44 kWh battery pack and an expected range of about 177 miles. The motor delivers 90 kW (122 hp) of power and 245 Nm (180 lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels.
Level 2 charging takes place at 11 kW, or 22 kW with an optional upgrade. CCS fast charging musters 75 kW.
The Townstar offers up to 3.9 cubic meters of cargo space, and features a swiveling bulkhead—it can handle two Euro pallets and up to 800 kg (1,763 lbs) of cargo. Towing capacity (with either gas or electric powertrain) is up to 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs).
The Townstar integrates Nissan’s Around View Monitor—a suite of cameras that gives the driver a 360-degree overview of their surroundings. It also features Nissan’s ProPilot driving assistance system. Driver assistance features include Side Wind Assist, Trailer Sway Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Hands-Free Parking and Intelligent Cruise Control. Driver amenities include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless phone charging.
“Offering two efficient powertrain solutions, ergonomic design and unique technologies, the all-new Townstar is comprehensively equipped to meet customers’ ever-changing needs,” said Emmanuelle Serazin, LCV and Corporate Sales Director, Nissan Europe. “With tougher emissions standards, urban access restrictions and ever-increasing demand for last-mile delivery, businesses need to find effective and sustainable solutions to remain competitive and optimize their operations.”