Remember the million-dirham Brabus executive office on wheels that we featured a few weeks ago? Well, obviously that one was aimed at the one percenters of the corporate world who would use the van hold meetings while away from their posh, central business district offices. Now, Nissan has come out with a concept that’s no stop gap arrangement, but a full-fledged alternative to a traditional office space. Based on a zero-emissions Nissan e-NV200 van, the e-NV200 Workspace concept comes equipped with an integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, a mini fridge and “barista-quality” coffee machine.
Citing statistics on how the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces have increased exponentially worldwide, Nissan says small businesses and working professionals have already started looking for increased mobility and more cost-effective alternatives to traditional city-centre office spaces. And the Japanese major believes the e-NV200 Workspace fits the bill perfectly. Being an all-electric vehicle, it will let users work for free in urban areas that offer free EV charging bays, and if you yearn for a change of scene, you can get away to the countryside too.
“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,” says Gareth Dunsmore, director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “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,” he added.
Designed jointly by London-based design house Studio Hardie, The e-NV200 Workspace can be rapid charged from empty to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes, and so that you remain mobile while the vehicle is being charged, Nissan has provided a Brompton folding bike in the van. But with a range of just 170km on a full charge, we suspect you’ll be using that bike quite a lot.