Nissan adds four new EVs to its electrification strategy

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Japanese giant will launch four more battery-electric cars by 2030 than it had previously planned.

Nissan has added four new battery-electric cars to its Ambition 2030 strategy in response to rising sales of EVs worldwide.

The firm will now launch 19 EVs by 2030, in turn taking the total number of scheduled electrified (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric) models up to 27.

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It had previously planned to launch 15 BEVs and 23 electrified vehicles as part of a ¥2 trillion (AUD$21.8 billion) investment into electric mobility.

As a result of this expansion, Nissan now expects that 55 per cent of its global sales by 2030 to be of electrified vehicles, up 5 per cent on its previous forecast of 50 per cent.

By 2026, Europe is expected to have made the most progress in this respect, with electrified vehicles now projected to account for 98 per cent of the manufacturer’s total. This is a significant increase on the previous figure of 75 per cent.

The incline comes after the EU parliament’s recent approval of legislation effectively banning sales of new ICE vehicles in the bloc by 2035. The new rules also set an intermediate target of a 55 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions for new cars sold (compared with 2021 levels) by 2030.

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Nissan will also explore deeper collaboration within the rebooted Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in Europe, it said in a statement.

Nissan’s 2026 forecast for electrified sales in Japan has also risen, from 55 per cent to 58 per cent. The US prediction is unchanged at 40 per cent. China, however, has had its electrification target cut from 40 per cent to 35 per cent.

Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta said in a briefing that this is because domestic brands “are leading the way” in the Chinese market.

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The firm now plans to launch an electric SUV developed specifically for the Chinese market by 2024, in a bid to fight back against the likes of BYD and Geely.

The remainder of the Ambition 2030 strategy is unchanged, meaning Nissan still plans to introduce solid-state batteries in 2028, bringing a huge boost to EVs’ range and charging speed.

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