Nissan plans to sell up 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016 as part of its latest 'Nissan Green Programme'. The strategy also includes new hybrid and fuel-cell systems, a new CVT transmission, and revised steel construction for its future models.
Outlining its future 'green' plans at its Advanced Technology Briefing on the outskirts of Tokyo today, Nissan said fuel cell-powered vehicles would join its future line-up from 2015. These would be powered by an 85kw fuel-cell stack; that's the most power-dense the industry has yet seen and a full 2.5 times smaller than Nissan's previous fuel-cell stack.
The Japanese firm launched the all-electric Nissan Leaf last year and has sold more than 17,000 units to date. Despite the zero-emissions tag, Nissan concedes the process used to generate electricity is far from eco-friendly and is pushing for a wider adoption of renewable energy to be used to power its EVs. It is also helping develop a wider infrastructure for EVs and developing a wireless charging system for the leaf.
An expanded EV line-up will include a plusher Infiniti version of the Leaf and a zero-emissions van, plus potentially a more sporting version.