What you drive can make a big impression on people, and when you're driving an EV, it can have a big impact on the environment, too. Of course, Nissan electric vehicles can do a bit of both, and a recent concept vehicle from the automaker is a case in point.

The Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe started off as one of the company's award-winning all-electric commercial vans, which are now available globally and being evaluated for the U.S. market. That means the van already boasted an all-electric driving range of about 105 miles on a single charge and low operating costs on the order of a nickel per mile. But then the design team of Studio Hardie got its hands on the vehicle, along with instructions from Nissan to create the ultimate mobile office.

Needless to say, William Hardie, the studio's founder, made sure the result expressed both his values and those of the automaker. In a release from Nissan, he said that: "We specialize in creating amazing spaces in unexpected places, but we've never done anything in an electric vehicle before. Given the van's green credentials we wanted to maximize the space with smart and considered features such as sustainably sourced materials and efficiently powered technology. We believe the future of technology is a return to quality craftsmanship, so we've also looked to hone an environment that professionals will really enjoy working in-all the comfort and connectivity of a modern office, with a few surprising touches thrown in."

Among those touches: A high-end coffeemaker that's hidden away in a storage console then mechanically deploys to make "barista quality" beverages. The same console further houses a mini fridge, Bluetooth music speaker and smartphone-charging dock. For getting down to work, the other side of the van hosts a foldout workstation complete with a touchscreen computer. Oak flooring throughout also makes for a particularly sophisticated ambiance.

Meanwhile, a panoramic glass roof and LED floor illumination were used to create a spacious feel for the rear of the van, and that can be enhanced in good weather with a pullout wooden "deck."

On the topic of good weather, the WORKSPACe has another transportation solution-beyond its electric propulsion system-that can be used in pleasant conditions: A folding bicycle from Brompton Bikes, a premium purveyor of two-wheeled transportation since 1975.

It's also worth noting that Nissan has stepped up its own EV game closer to home. The 2017 Nissan LEAF now includes a 30-kWh battery pack for all trim levels, with that setup able to deliver a best-in-segment all-electric driving range of 107 miles. That's according to the EPA, which also reports that owners will save about $3,250 in five-year fuel costs with LEAF (as compared to "the average new vehicle"). Nor is the LEAF all that expensive to buy. The starting price for a 2017 model is $30,680, yet because the LEAF qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, the net cost for owners can be as low as $23,180.

Charging won't cost you a lot of time, either, since a DC fast charger can top off the LEAF to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes, and a Level 2 home station completely "fills up" the batteries in about six hours.

Edison Nissan can fill you in on the rest of the details about the 2017 Nissan LEAF as well.

 

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