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Nissan M.O.V.E plan accelerates EV offensive

Nissan showing new models at Auto Shanghai 2017.

Nissan to sell 1 million electrified vehicles – pure electric or with e-POWER powertrains – annually by fiscal year 2022 under its M.O.V.E. initiative

Nissan Motor has published updated plans which will see the launch of more new “electrified” vehicles, an expansion of autonomous driving systems, and new vehicle connectivity options as part of its Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan.

The announcement comes on the back of Dongfeng Motor’s (DFL) five year plan to increase annual sales over the same period.

Philippe Klein, Nissan’s chief planning officer, said: “Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution. Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services.”

Klein said Nissan will launch a product offensive in China led by a new C-segment electric vehicle this year, derived from Nissan LEAF technology. The product offensive will also include an affordable EV in China through the Alliance joint venture eGT New Energy Automotive. This new affordable electric vehicle will be jointly developed by the Alliance and Dongfeng on an A-segment SUV platform.

Two further EV options are also being prepared for the Venucia brand.

Nissan will also continue to expand its e-POWER technology, already offered on the Nissan Note and Nissan Serena in Japan. More than 129,000 Note e-POWER models were sold in Japan in its first year, with more than two-thirds of Note customers opting for e-POWER models versus the baseline model.

Nissan expects that electrified vehicles will make up 40% of the company’s sales in Japan and Europe by 2022 and 50% by 2025. In the U.S., the expectation is about 20-30% by 2025, while in China it’s 35-40%.

INFINITI will accelerate the electrification trend, with new models being either pure electric vehicles or utilising e-POWER technology from fiscal year 2021. By 2025, INFINITI expects electrified vehicles to comprise 50% of its global sales.

Nissan goes further with plans to deploy ProPILOT technology in 20 models in 20 markets by 2022. The company expects to sell 1 million ProPILOT-equipped vehicles a year by 2022.

This will be followed by enhancing ProPILOT to automate multilane driving on highways and managing vehicle destinations. The enhanced capability will be introduced in Japan as a pilot project within one year.

The company will also aim to reach 100% connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets, , enabled by the launch of the Alliance Connected Cloud.

The Alliance Connected Cloud provides a foundation to enable the expansion of connected and mobility services for Nissan, including robo-vehicle ride-hailing services. Nissan tested its first robo-vehicle ride-hailing service called “Easy Ride” with partner DeNA earlier this month.

Source: Nissan

 

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