Nissan targets eight new electric vehicle models by 2022

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Maker of one of world’s most popular EVs, the Nissan Leaf, wants to roll out 8 new pure electric cars by 2022, sell 1m EVs a year.

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Nissan Motor Co has revealed plans to roll out eight new pure electric vehicle models over the next four years, as part of the Japanese auto giant’s plans to ramp up its EV production and and evolve its autonomous driving systems.

The company, which last September unveiled its next generation LEAF EV, said it was targeting sales of one million electrified vehicles – either pure EVs or hybrid models – annually by fiscal year 2022.

But rather than putting all its hope on the LEAF – which has in the past ranked as one of the world’s top selling pure EVs – the company said on Monday it would significantly broaden its EV range, with an eye to getting a bigger piece of various key global markets.

In Japan and Europe, for example, the automaker expects EV’s to make up 40 per cent of the company’s sales there by 2022, and 50 per cent by 2025.

In the US, the expectation is about 20-30 per cent by 2025; while in China – where Nissan plans to mount “an electric car offensive” – it’s 35-40 per cent.

In China, the “EV offensive” will be led by the launch a new C-segment electric car this year, derived from Nissan LEAF technology; as well as an affordable EV.

In Japan, the company will continue to expand its e-POWER technology, already offered on the Nissan Note and Nissan Serena in that country.

Australia doesn’t rate a specific mention in the newly unveiled plans, but the new LEAF is expected to arrive on our shores sometime before the end of March 2019, according to an email from Nissan Australia. Firm dates are still to be confirmed.*

Nissan’s revved-up EV plan follows a number of similar pledges by major European and US car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Volvo, Daimler and GM.

For example, Volkswagen – which owns 12 auto brands including Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Seat, Skoda and Bugatti – said just under a fortnight ago that it would be launching a new electric car “virtually every month” starting in 2019.

Mercedes Benz parent company, Daimler, plans to offer electric versions of all of its for Mercedes-Benz and smart car models by 2022.

And in the US, General Motors has revealed plans to offer 20 all-electric models by 2023.

On the smart driving front, Nissan wants to equip 20 models in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology, and to reach 100 per cent connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars by 2022.

“Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution,” said Nissan chief planning officer, Philippe Klein.

“Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services.”

This will be followed by enhancing ProPILOT to automate multilane driving on highways and managing vehicle destinations. The enhanced capability will be introduced in Japan as a pilot project within one year.

Nissan tested its first robo-vehicle ride-hailing service called “Easy Ride” with partner DeNA earlier this month. By the early 2020s, it aims to provide commercial services directly to customers.

*This article has been updated to show the correct estimated date of arrival of the new Nissan LEAF in Australia. It was originally reported to be second half 2018.

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17 Comments
  1. George Darroch 1 year ago

    Nissan appear to be the most serious of all the major car manufacturers.
    They have:
    A.) a real car that you can actually buy in 2018 (and for the last seven years)
    B.) that is actually sold in real dealerships in real countries
    C.) and is actually priced at a point where real people might buy it
    D.) which has a large enough (40kWh) battery and an attractive and practical body style

    Now, they have serious issues with warranty support that they need to resolve quickly in Australia if they want to retain the trust of the EV buying public. But apart from that…

    • Roger Brown 1 year ago

      No battery cooling on the 40kWh model ? , fast charging slows down after 2nd – 3rd fast charge ? The NV200 van has the battery cooling (Same size battery )

    • Michael Dufty 1 year ago

      You still can’t actually buy a new Leaf in Australia (promised for 2nd half 2018) but I guess their promise rates higher than others since they have sold EVs here before.

  2. D. John Hunwick 1 year ago

    TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. Try 2-3 models fir 2018!!

  3. Stephen 1 year ago

    I’m pretty worried about a car in Australia without thermal battery management. With our weather I imagine that leaf not really be viable for long trips (since it’s quick charge will get limited), and the total batter life will plummet, ruining the resale price.

    • Alistair Spong 1 year ago

      what makes you think that ? Given a standard powertool battery pack has built in thermal cut off , its hard to imagine a car pack wouldnt.

      • Stephen 1 year ago

        There’s been reports from owners of the 2018 Nissan leaf slowing super charging after just two fast charges, and therefore being slower over long distances than cars with much smaller battery packs.

        My hope is that it’s a fault that will get fixed, but Nissan have not admitted that.

    • Ren Stimpy 1 year ago

      I like the idea that they had a crack at an EV without a Thermal Management System. It sets them apart (lowering costs) from Tesla and GM. Sure the previous model had problems but they claim the battery pack in this new Leaf has a new and improved chemistry with both higher energy density and lower generation of heat. Something to do with removing the manganese from the battery chemistry. If they keep improving the battery chemistry model after model in these ways then it might become the industry standard to build an EV without a TMS. Would never know if nobody ever tried it.

      • Stephen 1 year ago

        I’d also hoped that this would work out for them and bring the costs down. Unfortunately some owners of the 2018 version now are finding problems in much cooler places with more than 2 fast charges in a day. Lets hope it’s a fault not a problem with the design.

      • nakedChimp 1 year ago

        It’s not that big a deal really. You have to have the cooling system for the other stuff (motor, ac) anyway.

        • Ren Stimpy 1 year ago

          This is specifically the battery power system we’re talking about.

          • nakedChimp 1 year ago

            Yes, and the cost of water cooling vs air cooling is negligible at those scales, especially as other systems need it anyway.
            Extending the loop to include the batteries is simple and cheap compared to other stuff and the payoff so much higher (compactness of the system, efficiency).

          • Ren Stimpy 1 year ago

            Tesla uses Glycol (refrigerant) in a system specifically for the battery pack which snakes around each battery cell. There’s got to be some significant cost involved, or maybe not. Whatever it is it can be saved if the battery chemistry itself makes it unnecessary.

          • nakedChimp 1 year ago

            Glycol is just an additive to keep water fluid below freezing temps, not a refrigerant.
            And they do this, because they want to be able to harness the high specific heat capacitiy of water.
            At best the water can be seen as the refrigerant, but I wouldn’t go that far as commonly those terms are used for processes that involve phase transitions.

            Again, they already have everything on board for the motor and the motor driver and probably the A/C.
            Adding some more tubing for the batteries and having some internal heat exchanger plates/tubes/lanes is peanuts at those scales.

            PS: what we can see is that currently the best course of action is to spend a little more (thermal management) to not have higher cost later (replacing aging battery packs under warranty).
            The beancounters were too greedy here:
            https://electrek.co/2018/03/26/nissan-leaf-battery-pack-replacement-program

          • Ren Stimpy 1 year ago

            Yeah there’s no way to sugar coat it, those capacity degradation graphs look terrible by comparison to Tesla’s. But that was with the old chemistry and will be interesting to see the same graphs with the new battery chemistry in a year or two. The ‘rumour’ on that site is that future Leafs will have a TMS, but make no mistake that will add cost and it will add weight to the vehicle, whether the TMS is active (coolant tubes) or passive (heat sinks). I hope their most recent battery chemistry returns a marked improvement in degradation results and that it’s enough to proceed without the extra cost and weight of adding a TMS. The reviews are all saying what an excellent car it is, I reckon the Nissan engineers know what they’re talking about, and also they are doing the right thing by their customers and supplying replacement batteries to customers of the old Leaf at what looks like a third of the retail price.

    • Michael Murray 1 year ago

      This will bring back fond memories of my childhood when most trips in summer started at 5.00 am so “we’ll be there before the heat of the day”.

  4. Nick Kemp 1 year ago

    “Australia doesn’t rate a specific mention in the newly unveiled plans”

    Gee – I wonder why

    Slightly off topic but did anyone notice the complete lack of anything vaguely EV at the GP last week end? Even when talking about the future of F1. It was as if everyone was whistling and looking around avoiding the electrical elephant in the room

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