About 10 weeks ago I made the decision to purchase a Nissan e-NV200 panel van. It will be a direct replacement for the Nissan Wingroad that I currently work out of.
I first became aware of them back in April after my mate Simon insisted I should drive his one into Wellington.
I believe his to be the first one in the Wellington region and I was very pleasantly surprised at just how nice it is to drive.
It makes sense from both from a practical and environmental point of view. I started doing some research as soon as I got home.
It’s basically an electric version of the NV200 van that uses the battery pack and electric motor out of the Nissan Leaf. It’s good for about 140KM on a full charge in real-world driving conditions (obviously this information is not from personal experience at this stage).
I decided that the Acenta Rapid Plus model would be the best option for what I required. The Tekna models have a built-in GPS system and CAR-WINGS system that would be great but do not work in New Zealand.
Imported from the UK
Nissan NZ does not sell the e-NV200 (or the Nissan Leaf anymore for that matter). The only option is to get an import model.
I decided to contacted Lincoln and Sally Roberts of European Car Imports to find me one.
They got back to me within an hour of my call with a price on a 2015 model from the UK with just 79 miles on the odometer.
The new e-NV200 Acenta Rapid Plus Panel Van
(Which I’ve not seen in person yet!)
The whole process so far has been super easy and the van arrived in Auckland last week, however, there has been a small hiccup!
Faulty airbag sensor!!!
A faulty airbag sensor was detected when the van was going through compliance last week. It needed a replacement part before I can collect it.
Sally was onto it as soon as the news came in and has kept me in the loop. The Nissan dealer in Auckland (Schofield’s) quoted $511.81 for the part (I have a copy of the quote) and said it would take about 4 weeks to arrive!
Fortunately, Sally had a contact in the UK who managed to get one. At just £30.00 it shows how much the ticket gets clipped here. Delivery would take a couple of days via FedEx.
So the plan is to collect the van from Auckland on Thursday. I could be pushing my luck as it depending on when the part arrives. Then there is the challenge of driving it back to Wellington.
That’s going to be quite an adventure given the lack of chargers in the middle of the North Island! Fingers crossed it’s ready by then (not the left-hand fingers of course as they still hurt).