Nissan is planning to launch a version of its e-NV200 electric van adapted to serve as an alternative working space. This tailored ‘third space’ solution could help to solve a number of current problems.

Will the office of the future be embedded in a car?

In the future, more and more people are set to become ‘working nomads’. Fully 48% of all companies in the United States are already encouraging their staff to work remotely, from any place and any workstation. Alternative working spaces are becoming increasing popular. Nowadays bank branches and innovation labs are being equipped to host working people who need flexibility. But what about using cars as alternative working spaces? Nissan has been working to design a vehicle called the e-NV200 WORKSPACe, an electric van with a rather traditional look. Well, not quite…

In the back of the van – which Nissan claims generates zero CO2 emissions – nestles an integrated, fold-out desk, fully-equipped with touch-screen computer, wireless Internet, Bluetooth, plus a mini-refrigerator and a coffee machine. In other words, everything set up to enable you to work. You can even adjust the lighting using your smartphone. The workspace can accommodate a maximum of two people. The great novelty in this alternative workspace is that it is mobile, as – to a lesser extent – is Matrioshka, a French-made self-powered urban furniture office system that can be moved from place to place.

A mobile workspace concept makes a lot of sense in large cities such as San Francisco, where rents have gone through the roof recently. And embedding your workspace in a self-driving vehicle could well be even more useful as it would enable you to work during road journey time …provided you don’t suffer from car-sickness, that is.

By Sophia Qadiri
Managing Editor & Journalist