Work. The word we dread every Sunday morning here in the UAE. But the definition of work has changed over the past few years. At one time, it was associated with a uniform or formal clothes, a clock-in/clock-out system and well… stress. Today you can wear what you want, work where you want and even with multiple employers if you want. (Note for the bosses) Flexible working is the work of the future.
Looking at the potential of today’s working crowd and their love for work on the move, Nissan has created the e-NV200 Workspace concept. The e-NV200 is a zero-emission electric van, which is not only cheap to use but also provides an appropriate workspace, matching up to any of today’s traditional offices. The van has a low running cost of about €3.00 (Dh11.96) for every 100 kilometres and gives a range of up to 170km on a single charge. Apart from that it comes with 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. The electric van charges from empty to 80 per cent power in 30 minutes, and there’s an internal mount for a folding Brompton Bike, allowing users to make short trips around the city when the vehicle is charging.
During 2015, the number of co-working and hot-desking spaces worldwide increased by 36 per cent as small businesses and working professionals looked for increased mobility and a more cost-effective alternative to traditional city-centre office space.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said: “The e-NV200 Workspace takes the ingenuity of our 100 per cent 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 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.”
William Hardie, UK-based designer and founder of Studio Hardie, said: “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. 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!”
Thanks Nissan! Now all I want to do is get into one of these and drive to Jumeirah beach, sip some coffee and work in one of these vans.