For a long time, the tiny Nissan LEAF electric vehicle was the best-selling electric car globally. Still, there is now a desire for newer models with more range, performance, and usefulness. Further information regarding the future of the Japanese electric car indicates that it will be replaced by a different type of electric car in the middle of the decade.
In July, Nissan announced plans to manufacture a new electric SUV model in Sunderland as part of a £ 1 billion investment in the UK plant's future. European head Guillaume Cartier has now confirmed to Autocar that the new electric car from England will become the successor to the Nisan LEAF. As a result, the tiny hatchback is becoming obsolete, and Nissan will instead offer an electric SUV in the future.
The CMF-EV electric car platform, which Nissan shares with the other members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi car alliance, will provide the technological foundation for the new battery Nissan expects in 2025. The Japanese core range will thus consist of five vehicles in Europe, all of which are electric SUVs / crossovers: the Nissan Juke, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan Ariya, and Nissan X-Trail, as well as the replacement to the Nissan LEAF electric car. In addition, additional electric vehicles are being considered to supplement this.
"We will look to Allianz for a full range of products and powertrains," said Cartier. "One topic that is still open is the entry-level segment. The key question is how we can offer something of the alliance with the Nissan brand." The manager explained that the main problem was making an entry-level car profitable and that the vehicle would definitely be an electric car.
The focus on electrification means that Nissan will no longer invest in internal combustion technology to meet the emission targets of the new Euro 7 emissions standard. "We are strategically focusing on electrification," said Cartier. "If we invest in EU7, the costs are around half the profit margin per car, around 2000 euros, which we would have to pass on to the customer. So we're going for electric vehicles because we know the costs will go down."
Also, Nissan assumes that 80 percent of its sales will be electric cars by 2030 and that by 2025 the entire product range will either be battery-powered or with e-power technology.
Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida stated that the business would not invest in hydrogen technology in battery-electric mobility. "Our rivals have a plethora of technological solutions." "We chose electric automobiles," he is reported as saying. "At Nissan, we used to have hydrogen technology, and in another world, we could still have it." But, for the time being, the electric automobile is our advantage and what we want to rely on."
Nissan will debut the big crossover Ariya this year as the company's next electric vehicle. It's unclear what will happen next. In response to the charge that Nissan did not capitalize on the LEAF's popularity, which debuted in 2010, earlier, Uchida stated that he would outline plans for the following age of electric cars and electrification at Nissan in the autumn. @via Nissan.