LONDON: Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie to transform its zero emission e-NV200 van into an all-electric mobile office – the e-NV200 WORKSPACe. This professional office environment on wheels features an integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, mini fridge and barista-quality coffee machine.
During 2015, the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces worldwide increased by 36 percent as small businesses and working professionals looked for increased mobility and a more cost-effective alternative to traditional city-center office space. “The Nissan e-NV200 is already a smart, sustainable transport solution for forward-thinking businesses, making it the ideal vehicle to be used as the basis for a mobile work place,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe.
“The e-NV200 WORKSPACe takes the ingenuity of our 100 percent electric van a step further and by enlisting the design expertise of Studio Hardie – renowned for its creative eco approach – the e-NV200 has been reimagined as an innovative, zero-emission working environment. “With property prices in our capital cities at such a premium and the modern professional needing to be ever more mobile, businesses will need to think smart and consider what the workplace of the future looks like,” he added.
“With hot-desking and remote working on the rise, it is not too big a leap to see a future where our vehicles will become connected, energy efficient, mobile workspaces and the e-NV200 WORKSPACe project could become more than just a concept.” The e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be charged from empty to 80 percent power in 30 minutes. “We specialize in creating amazing spaces in unexpected places, but we’ve never done anything in an electric vehicle before,” said William Hardie, celebrated UK-based designer and founder of Studio Hardie.
“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.”
Credits ET Auto