Nissan plans to get seriously electric.
Japanese Auto-giant Nissan has announced plans to bring electricity to over 1 million new vehicles in a plan they call “Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022”.
In case you were wondering, M.O.V.E. stands for Mobility, Operational excellence, Value to customers, and Electrification. Well alright then.
Part of their plan involves an ambitious push towards electrification, including plans to sell at least 1 million electric or hybrid vehicles. So far, Nissan has sold just over 300,000 Leafs (Leaves?) which is their flagship EV.
To help them achieve this goal, Nissan will develop eight new purely electric vehicles. At least three of those vehicles will be sold in China in a concentrated effort to make inroads in the world’s largest automotive market.
To do that, Nissan will partner with Dongfeng Motor Company, a Chinese state-owned automaker, to create an “affordable” car derived from the Leaf. China requires that all cars produced and sold within their borders be made in partnership with a Chinese company, which provides them with access to Nissan’s technology.
Nissan will also jointly develop two more EV’s to be sold under Dongfeng’s Venucia brand.
Globally, the company plans to introduce a crossover based on the IMx Concept introduced last year. This new crossover will feature the latest in Nissan technology and be battery-powered. By 2022, Nissan expects 40 percent of all new cars sold in Japan and Europe to be EVs and reach 50 percent by 2025.
In the US, that figure is only expected to be between 20 to 30 percent, while China is expected to be between 30-40 percent.
Infiniti will also play a strong role in Nissan’s push for electrification. By 2025, Nissan expects 50 percent of Infiniti models to be electric, with new EV models beginning production by 2021.
Besides the new electric powertrains, Nissan also plans for technology to play an increasing role in their cars. By the end of 2022, the company plans to reach 100 percent connectivity with new Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun cars sold in key global markets.
Nissan will also deploy their ProPILOT autonomous driving technology in 20 models and 20 markets by 2022, and will feature between level 3 and 4 autonomous driving capability.
As Nissan is thus far the global leader in electric vehicle sales, their targets may be ambitious, but certainly achievable.