Jul 16 2014

eNV200 Driven ahead of production later this year

NV200 ElectricWe recently headed to Spain and had a quick look and drive in the latest NV200 from Nissan. Updated with the Leaf hardware, the all-electric e-NV200 resembles the concept Nissan debuted two years ago in Detroit. Prreparing the Leaf’s powertrain for this required Nissan to reshape the 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to fit underneath the flat floor, without any intrusion or reductions in cargo volume versus the diesel-powered NV200. Nissan says the battery’s low center of gravity, along with structural reinforcements to protect it during an impact, increase torsional rigidity by 20 percent over the regular van. The 80-kW electric motor, which bundles a 6.6-kW onboard charger and power inverter into one unit, carries over intact save for more aggressive regenerative braking, which Nissan says will return greater efficiency given the van’s citified intentions. Compared to the acceleration of the 1.5-liter diesel-powered van offered in Europe, Nissan promises quicker acceleration but isn’t quoting official times. Nissan estimates a 106-mile range.

 

Visually, the e-NV200 is a van. Look closer, and you’ll notice the grille is sealed shut with a solid, body-colored front fascia and a central charging port. Blue-tinted headlamps with LED accent lamps, bluish badges, optional two-tone aluminum wheels and clear taillamp lenses round out the exterior changes. Inside, the e-NV200 adapts the Leaf’s black-trimmed center stack in a more upright stance, complete with automatic climate control, push-button start and a traditional PRND shifter instead of the Leaf’s hockey-puck design. The instrument cluster goes all-digital, with a round color central speedometer and power gauge, plus a monochrome battery-level display to the right.

Nissan has been testing e-NV200 prototypes in Europe and Japan since the concept’s introduction, and when production begins in Barcelona this year, there will be no immediate plan to offer it in the U.S we’re told. Currently, Nissan has two electric vans whirring about the states on short-term loans, including one with FedEx in the Washington, D.C.


Jul 16 2014

Inaugural Jaguar Golf Event for Irish Youth Foundation

4th of July Jaguar Golf Classic for The Irish Youth FoundationOver 104 golfers took to the course at The K-Club for the Inaugural Jaguar Golf Classic in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation.

In keeping with the 4th July theme,  and as this is a Ryder Cup year, there was a strong Independence Day and Ryder Cup link to the event with the 26 teams divided into team USA and team Europe.

Blue chip companies representing Team USA on this special day included Facebook, Oracle, State Street, Accenture and Mercer.

Europe was well represented by companies such as Communicorp, IIU, Sky, Allianz, Core HR, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and RFC Executive.  

Over €39,500 was raised through the event and an auction and raffle post-18th , and all funds will go to supporting Irish Youth Foundation funded projects for at-risk and disadvantaged children in Ireland.

 

The IYF is an independent charitable trust dedicated to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances on Ireland.  The Foundation provides financial support in the form of grants to local community and voluntary youth groups working with at-risk and disadvantaged children, such as afterschool and homework clubs, summer programmes, sporting clubs, creative education projects and active citizenship activities.  These groups provide safe places where children can go after school – to grow, to learn and to play.