Nissan’s Plans for E-Mobility – EV Next
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Nissan’s Leaf Ev is the all time best selling electric vehicle in the world with 400,000 cumulative sales and would be half a million by mid 2020.
Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd is the Indian subsidiary of Nissan Motor Company of Japan. The company was incorporated in 2005 and offers innovative and exciting products across hatchback, MUV, SUV and sedan segments in India. Nissan in India has a portfolio of two brands, Nissan and Datsun. In February 2008, Nissan, together with its global alliance partner Renault signed a MoU with the Government of Tamil Nadu to set up a manufacturing plant at Oragadam, near Chennai with an investment of INR 45 billion over a period of 7 years.
The Nissan Leaf is a compact hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan, introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010, and now in its second generation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the 2018 model year Leaf is 243 km (151 miles) on a full battery charge. And it is expected to be launched in India in 2020.
A Nissan Leaf undergoing demonstration and trials in India
- In January 2019 , Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Co said it will launch its electric car Leaf in India as it seeks to take the lead in electric vehicles (EV) drive in the country. The company is also looking at other eco-friendly technologies such as its e-Power vehicles and hybrids for the country.
- Leaf it will come at a special price point only in the metro cities.
- Leaf will target institutional and government sales apart from some influencers and people.
- With an estimated asking price of around Rs 50 lakh (ex-showroom), the Leaf isn’t going to be cheap but will function as a technology demonstrator for the company in India. The EV will be brought to India as a completely built unit (CBU) and therefore attracts a high import duty.
- Nissan is also contemplating an option to bring Nissan’s e-Power technology that will make the Leaf EV more attractive to the buyers. The Nissan e-Power tech uses an electric motor to power the vehicle, but at the same time, it has a small petrol engine to charge the battery when needed, thus doing away with the need for an external charger. Nissan already uses the e-power on its different models in Japan.
- Nissan has created a vision to make electric vehicles even more useful to customers by introducing new convenient ways to utilize their batteries’ ability to store and share energy. Under the plan, called Nissan Energy, owners of Nissan’s electric vehicles will be able to easily connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or feed energy back to power grids. The company will also develop new ways to reuse electric car batteries.
- Nissan has joined hands with EVGo for electric vehicle charging facilities in the US in November 2019.
- UL, announced in August 2019 that 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture of Nissan Motors and Sumitomo Corporation focusing on the effective reuse of EV batteries for energy storage systems, is the first organization worldwide to be certified to UL 1974, the Standard for Evaluation for Repurposing Batteries in Tokyo.
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