The mobile office reimagined

Nissan has developed what it describes as the world’s first zero-emission all-electric mobile office.

Working in collaboration with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie, it’s created the e-NV200 WORKSPACe, which 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.

Apart from painting a picture of what desk-based employment could look like a future of flexible working, the one-off vehicle also provides an example of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, and the company’s view of how the relationship between vehicles and people are changing.

With the average UK commuter spending £358 on travelling to work each month, Nissan believes the e-NV200 WORKSPACe could offer a cost-effective desk space solution allowing users to work for free in some city-centres that offer free EV charging bays, or escape the city altogether.

Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles, Nissan Europe said, ‘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.

‘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. 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 rapid charged from empty to 80 percent power in just 30 minutes, and for those times when you want to leave the office parked and charging up, there’s an internal mount for a folding Brompton Bike, allowing users to make short trips around the city or complete the ‘last mile’ of any journey.

William Hardie, founder of Studio Hardie, said, ‘We specialise 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 maximise the space with smart and considered features such as sustainably sourced materials and efficiently-powered technology.’