Nissan has unveiled a heavily customised version of its e-NV200 all-electric van, which it’s calling the e-NV200 WORKSPACe. Hailed as the “world’s first all-electric mobile office”, it’s a glitzy work cubicle on wheels, and it’d be nice if our workspace was even half as inviting.
I mean, the thing comes with a fold-out desk, Wi-Fi, an unspecified touchscreen computer, fancy app-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, a Bluetooth audio system, a bloody mini fridge and a flipping “barista-quality” coffee machine. All in a van.
We’ve got desks, circa 2006-2008 laptops and a hot tap that everyone’s scared of using. But we also have a toilet. Shame that guy from the other side of the room keeps stinking it up and leaving skid marks, but what's important is that it works.
Built alongside UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie, it’s essentially designed for the sole purpose of showing Londoners how stupid they are. According to Nissan, the capital’s office space costs £16,193 per square metre annually, and is expected to rise by 1.4% over the next year.
Unfortunately, the car company doesn’t actually say how much the e-NV200 WORKSPACe would cost, instead calling it a “one-off” and saying stuff about how nice it would be to work from a desk on a beach. They’ve clearly never been to Blackpool.
Nissan adds that the e-NV200 offers running costs of £2 per 100 miles and a range of up to 106 miles on a single charge, and that the e-NV200 WORKSPACe can be pumped up to 80% power in half an hour.
“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,” said Gareth Dunsmore, the director of electric vehicles at 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.”