Nissan will launch eight new electric models in an attempt to sell one million electric vehicles per year by 2022, as outlined by its new 'Move to 2022' strategy.
The Japenese car maker, which is already the producer of the world’s best-selling EV, the Leaf, expects EVs to account for 40% of its total demand by 2022. Nissan intends to grow that figure to 50% by 2025 with a bolstered range of plug-in models.
The first expected car in the electric offensive will be a crossover version of the Leaf that's previewed by the IMx concept of 2017 and due in 2019. The concept offered a 380-mile range on a single charge with a dual-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain that produced 429bhp and 516lb ft of torque.
Nissan Europe design boss Mamoru Aoki described the production car it inspires as “a breakthrough model” that will crack the mainstream – a key achievement for the brand to reach its new targets.
Along with new models for the main brand, Nissan said it would fully electrify its Infiniti line-up from 2021. EVs are expected to account for half of the luxury division’s sales by 2025.