If you’re a fan of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, you’ll know who Will Hardie is. Will’s the chap who makes George’s madcap dreams become reality with his, and his team’s at Studio Hardie, engineering skill and determination. Fit and finish is always high on the agenda and although the TV cameras are – no doubt – capable of hiding a multitude of sins, even the close-ups of his work seem to shine.
Now, Studio Hardie has turned their attention to an electric Nissan e-NV200 van and transformed it into a beautiful portable office workspace complete with all the essential gear you might like and/or expect.
Popup coffee maker, check. Slide out fridge, check. Desk, drawers, computer station and of course scenic view are all there (so long as you don’t park outside your local industrial estate).
Dubbed the e-NV200 WORKSPACe, this is a Nissan like no other as it’s equipment list doesn’t end with safety features but instead reads more like the set of Doctor Who. In addition to the items mentioned above, the professional workspace sports a number of smartphone integrations including App controlled LED lighting, QI wireless phone charging and a Bluetooth audio system.
William Hardie, UK-based designer and 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. 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!”
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. The e-NV200 WORKSPACe takes the ingenuity of our 100 percent 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 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,” he added. “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 WORKSPACe is meant to highlight not only the customisable potential of its e-NV200 electric van, but also to demonstrate what desk-based employment could look like in the future, as hot-desking and flexible working grows in popularity across the globe. Moreover, 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.
AutoVolt magazine will include an interview with team members from Studio Hardie about the e-NV200 WORKSPACe in our forthcoming issue.
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