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Nissan Plans Eight New Electric Cars in Wake of Leaf Success

24 March, 2018, 16:40 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Nissan aims to sell 1m EVs and 1m AVs by 2022

Part of the company's M.O.V.E.to 2022 midterm plan, the initiative also calls for the ramp up of autonomous and connected vehicles.

"Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution", said Philippe Klein, Chief Planning Officer at Nissan, in the statement.

Nissan expects that electrified vehicles-including electric vehicles and e-POWER models-will make up 40% of the company's sales in Japan and Europe by 2022 and 50% by 2025.

Nisan sold about 5.82 million vehicles worldwide in 2017, including combined sales of 163,000 electric vehicles and e-Power hybrids.

As is the case with other automakers, Nissan's embrace of electrification involves more than just purely electric vehicles.

The Japanese auto maker said on Friday it would develop eight new all-battery EVs over the next four years, including four models for China, where it is planning to expand. The company, which has an alliance with Renault SA of France and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., is among the most aggressive among automakers on semi-autonomous-drive technology.

Enhancing connectivity and mobility servicesRedzic announced an objective to offer connectivity for 100 percent of new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets, enabled by the launch of the Alliance Connected Cloud.

Enlarge Image If the production IMx looks anywhere near this cool I'll be all over it. Crossovers don't have to be lame.                  Nissan
Enlarge Image If the production IMx looks anywhere near this cool I'll be all over it. Crossovers don't have to be lame. Nissan

Launched as the world's first mass-market all-battery EV in 2010, Nissan's Leaf compact hatchback is the world's best-selling EV, though sales have been just around 300,000 units in its lifetime.

Nissan Europe design boss Mamoru Aoki described the production vehicle it inspires as "a breakthrough model" that will crack the mainstream - a key achievement for the brand to reach its new targets.

Two models are to be under the Venucia brand, he said.

Autonomous vehiclesAs part of its strategy for autonomous driving systems, Nissan announced plans to deploy ProPILOT technology in 20 models in 20 markets by 2022.

As we previously reported, the automaker's e-POWER powertrain is entirely gas-powered since it is equipped with a hybrid powertrain that works with a gas generator charging a battery pack which feeds the electric motor.

Nissan is also plotting to sell one million ProPilot-equipped models per year by 2022.

This will be followed by enhancing ProPILOT to automate multilane driving on highways and managing vehicle destinations. A pilot program for that will begin in Japan within twelve months. This will support infotainment services, as well as a single communication mechanism to facilitate updates over the air for all vehicles. By the early 2020s, Nissan aims to provide commercial services directly to customers.

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