Nissan Set to Acquire Four Electric Vehicles by 2022, Including Two for Infiniti

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Nissan, a key player in the development of cost-effective electric vehicles for the general public, is broadening its range of electric cars eight years after unveiling the Leaf. According to Automotive News, Nissan will introduce a total of four electric vehicles over the next half-decade, with luxury marque Infiniti slated to receive two EVs within the same timeframe.

As a result, the planned number of EVs for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will reach 12 models by 2022. This represents the initial breakdown by brand and raises questions about how the remaining six EVs will be shared between Renault and Mitsubishi.

When Nissan mentions “EVs,” it specifically refers to electric vehicles and not plug-in hybrids. While additional plug-in hybrids may be in the pipeline for Nissan and Infiniti, they will not be part of the six new electric cars outlined in this latest strategy. Nissan presently offers plug-in hybrid “e-Power” vehicles in Japan, a move that has been well-received in the region and has factored into the decision to expand the electric vehicle lineup.

Attempts were made to obtain further details from Nissan regarding specifics of the plan, such as the potential introduction of e-Power plug-in hybrids in the U.S. market or whether the four planned Nissan EVs will include the Leaf or be in addition to it. In response, Jeff Wandell, Nissan’s EV communications manager, mentioned, “Unfortunately, we are unable to provide additional insights at this moment beyond what has already been disclosed,” in an email to The Drive.

Recently, it was reported by The Drive that all upcoming Infiniti models in 2021 will either be hybrids or EVs, as confirmed by Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa. Given that the prevailing Infiniti lineup is predominantly fueled by gasoline with the Q50 Hybrid as the sole hybrid choice, the introduction of two new EVs sets the groundwork for Infiniti’s transition into a hybrid/EV-focused luxury brand.

It is common to hear ambitious declarations from automakers regarding electric vehicles, which can sometimes sound hurried or overly optimistic. In this context, it is refreshing to witness a sensible and pragmatic approach from a major automaker, charting a course for the progressive integration of EVs into the market rather than anticipating an abrupt revolution.

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