Nissan is developing a slew of new electric cars it plans to introduce over the next five years.
You might be surprised to find out that the biggest seller of electric cars is not Tesla as they’d almost certainly like you to believe. It's actually the strategic partnership of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. Last year, Tesla sold 24,950 vehicles while Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi sold a combined 36,723 fully electric cars.
And while Tesla certainly has a lock on the luxury sedan electric car market, Nissan commands the affordable subcompact EV market (along with the Chevy Volt, but that’s mostly in North America).
Nissan is betting big on all-electric cars by announcing plans to introduce six new fully electric vehicles by the year 2022. It’s part of the larger multi-year business plan for the entire Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to build 12 EVs over the next five years. Renault and Mitsubishi will pick up the remaining six cars in some combination between the two, but count on Renault to have more than Mitsubishi.
According to AutoNews, the hard pivot toward electric cars was announced last September by alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Of the six cars Nissan plans to sell, four of them will be EVs under the Nissan badge and two will be with Infiniti. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa recently announced that every new car from Infiniti will either be a hybrid or fully electric vehicle within the next six years.
According to Nissan powertrain chief Toshihiro Hirai, Nissan will be relaunching one of their flagship vehicles as a fully EV car in the near future. Are we a few short months away from seeing a Z-series car in electric form? Maybe an electric GTR? Or even a volt-happy Z roadster to compete with Tesla?
Sadly, we’re more like to see a family sedan like the Altima, Maxima, or if we’re really lucky, the Sentra, which would more closely follow the company’s ethos that EV cars are for everyone, not just the rich.