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

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

A lot of fans are excited with the news that Porsche could be unveiling a performance version of its Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. ...
by - February 25, 2017
Tesla is finally setting a more “definite” schedule with regards to the official launch of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. A “limited production” is said to be slated to...
by - February 25, 2017
Are you a big fan of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion? Or are you a big fan of the iconic Ferrari F50? Either way, you will...
by - February 24, 2017
It seems that AM-RB 001 hypercar is not the only vehicle project that Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has gone into. This time, don’t expect something as outlandish as...
by - February 24, 2017
The year 2018 marks the golden anniversary of Subaru of America. Of course, the company will celebrate 50 years of being at the helm of the brand’s crusade in North...
by - February 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries