Nissan will have 5 electric vehicle offerings globally

Article by Anita Panait, on August 30, 2013

Nissan Motor Co. has announced that it will expand its global electric vehicle lineup to five models. Prior to its announcement, the Japanese has said it will only produce three electric models -- the Nissan Leaf, a luxury Infiniti sedan version of the Leaf, and an electric version of the NV200 compact cargo van. Nissan's latest disclosure could mean that the carmaker is taking a long-term view of the market for EVs, dismissing media speculations that its ambitions for electric vehicles might have cooled down.

Carla Bailo, senior vice president for r&d at Nissan Americas, told reporters that the carmaker's new products "will come in due time." She remarked that future Nissan-brand EVs will use inductive charging, an innovative way of recharging the batteries of electric cars wirelessly.

This new charging technology uses inductive chargers that only require one to park his EV owner on top of a charging mat to recharge a battery without hooking up a connector.

Bailo said that once this technology is ready, Nissan will use it across its brands.  Nissan had remarked inductive charging was critical to differentiate the luxury EV planned for the Infiniti brand. Nissan will start building its cargo van this fall in Europe, initially for the European market.

Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, however, announced in spring that the Infiniti EV will be delayed as the luxury carmaker intends to wait for improvements in inductive charging technology. This means that out of the three EVs that Nissan envision, the Leaf is still the only one that has been realized.

Nissan invested $1.8 billion to shift output of the Leaf to Smyrna, Tennessee, and to build a lithium ion battery module plant in the location. The site provides Nissan the capacity to produce up to 150,000 Leafs a year and 200,000 batteries.Nissan Motor Co. has announced that it will expand its global electric vehicle lineup to five models.

Prior to its announcement, the Japanese has said it will only produce three electric models -- the Nissan Leaf, a luxury Infiniti sedan version of the Leaf, and an electric version of the NV200 compact cargo van.  Nissan's latest disclosure could mean that the carmaker is taking a long-term view of the market for EVs, dismissing media speculations that its ambitions for electric vehicles might have cooled down.

Topics: nissan, electric car

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