Nissan Set to Expand EV Lineup With Five New Models

By | September 02, 2013
After speculation by the media that Nissan was no longer interested in building more electric vehicles, the automaker has come back to announce that it will be production five more EV models for its global product line. Previously, Nissan planned to only offer the Leaf, electric version of the NV200, and an Infiniti luxury sedan based off the Leaf. So far no news of the additional models has been announced, and Carla Bailo, senior vice president for r&d at Nissan Americas told reporters that "We haven't announced what models they will be, but we have plans for five. The others will come in due time." Bailo went on to mention that all future Nissan electric vehicles will use inductive charging, and "Once that technology is ready, we will use it across our brands." Currently, only the Nissan Leaf is on the market, but production for the electrified version of the NV200 begins in Europe later this year. The Infiniti luxury electric vehicle has been put on hold for the time being, as the company is waiting for inductive charging to improve.
Even though the Leaf is the only Nissan EV, its sales have more than tripled, with dealers selling 11,703 units through July of this year. The Leaf is built at the Smyrna, Tennessee factory, and has the capacity to build 150,000 Leafs and 200,000 batteries a year. Source: Automotive News