Nissan is running with the EV concept and add some company in the lineup for its Leaf. By 2014, Nissan will have an electric delivery van and the Infiniti brand will have an electric sporty subcompact, according to Nissan Europe’s head of product planning/electric vehicles Pierre Loing.
“This is only the starting signal for the manufacture of an entire electric vehicle family,” Loing told a group of reporters in Portugal.
Francois Bancon, Nissan GM for exploratory and advanced products, said that Nissan will produce another EV, based on the LandGlider concept car, which was displayed at the Tokyo auto show in 2009. The, shows yesterday in the form of the Nissan New Mobility Concept, is a virtual clone of a Renault project, the Twizy. Both have the passenger situated directly behind the driver, and offer a range of about 62 miles with a top speed of 47 mph.
The Nissan Leaf is set to debut in the U.S. and Japan in late December, while making its mark on Europe in early 2011, starting with Portugal, the U.K., Ireland, and the Netherlands. Those countries in particular were chosen because their governments are offering the most generous subsidies to buyers of the vehicle.
Nissan’s second wave of European launches will commence in mid-2011 and consist of the French, Danish, and Swiss markets. Germany will likely get the vehicle in 2012.
Nissan plans to buole 250,000 Leafs per year between its American, English, and Japanese factories.
2011 Nissan LEAF:
– By: Stephen Calogera