The mode line shows
<V> and I would like it to show
I'm new to Emacs so my Elisp skills are non-existent.
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You can modify how the mode-line shows the evil state by setting the corresponding tag variable. You'll need these lines somewhere in your emacs init file.
(setq evil-normal-state-tag "NORMAL") (setq evil-insert-state-tag "INSERT") (setq evil-visual-state-tag "VISUAL")
<N>/<I>/<V>in mode line when using spaceline? I use spacemacs+spaceline, they are just colors not