Nissan has unveiled an electric version of the NV200 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show today and unimaginatively labelled it with a proceeding “e”. It previews a near-future production vehicle the Japanese automaker has under development.

Nissan currently has Leaf Electric Vehicle on the market and the majority of its drivetrain components have made the journey to their larger sibling, including the 80kW lithium-ion battery that generates 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque.

It features a design and exterior color that has clearly been derived from the Leaf. Inside the cabin, the designers have given the NV200 a futuristic style that fits well with its electric architecture.

“With its ‘no gas, no tailpipe, no emissions’ powertrain, the Nissan e-NV200 Concept combines a quiet, comfortable driving experience with a large, highly versatile, functional interior space within a compact overall body length,” said Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “A potential game changing vehicle in its segment, the battery capacity will support a driving range similar to the Nissan LEAF, while payload and cargo space will offer the same level as the current NV200. The production version would be targeted mainly at businesses, but also at private users or families in major regions.”

Gallery: Nissan e-NV200 Concept unveiled in Detroit [video]