Nissan has created the first electric office as a sustainable alternative to coworking.
A hot desk on wheels, the all-electric e-NV200 WORKSPACe comes with everything you need to get the job done: a touchscreen computer, wireless internet, LED lights, a built-in desk, and coffee machine. It even has a pull-out deck for relaxing at the end of a long work day. Ergonomically designed, the nifty vehicle saves space by the clever arrangement of items.
With this prototype, Nissan hopes to show just how versatile their new van is, but also how technology can improve our working lives in years to come. Why be tied to one place when everything you need to make your living can be installed in your vehicle?
According to The Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 15.5 million people were self-employed as of May 2015. This number is expected to rise – economists are predicting 40% of the workforce will be independent workers by 2020. There are many factors for this rise: the continued recession which has created less job security, the rise of job-matching websites like Upwork and People Per Hour, and the availability of flexible office space in most major cities. These days, highly qualified people are eschewing long-term contracts for flexible working, a trend that the Harvard Business Review has called the “Supertemp.”
The e-NV200 goes beyond the hot-desk paradigm, affording people the opportunity to work anywhere in the world, providing there is a parking lot and an electric charging dock. The vehicle costs less than five cents per mile to run after the purchase price is paid off, making it an attractive investment for anyone paying for fixed office space.
Nissan is yet to specify the actual price for this all-singing, all-dancing lifestyle upgrade, but we believe the first electric office is set to be a little more expensive than the $26,000 starting price.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe said, “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.”
Nissan partnered with sustainable design consultants Studio Hardie to create this prototype.
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