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Ghosn Defends Nissan’s EV Program

Battery power is “here to stay,” says exec.

by on May.25, 2010

With the 2011 Nissan Leaf only set to begin fleet sales later this year, the maker already claims to have nearly 20,000 retail orders in hand.

Like it not, the electric car is here to stay, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Allliance, said during a whirlwind visit to Detroit.

The Japanese side of the alliance, in particular, is betting heavily on battery power, with its first battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, the Nissan Leaf, due to go on sale late this year.  Other models, including a luxury BEV for the Infiniti brand, are set to follow.

The first-year production of the electric-powered Nissan Leaf is already sold out, Ghosn said, noting the Japanese automaker already has 13,000 orders from customers in the U.S. and another 6,000 orders from buyers in Japan, with more pouring in every day.

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Initially, Nissan plans to offer the 2011 Leaf to fleet buyers, but for 2012 it will go into retail sale, and in the U.S., the orders have come from private citizens not government organizations, stressed Ghosn.


Nissan May Offer Optional Longer-Range, Higher-Power Batteries

Instead of I-4, V-6 or V-8, buyers may pick size of power pack.

by on Nov.16, 2009

Nissan may eventually offer optional, higher-power, longer-range batteries for the Leaf BEV, shown here with CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan may eventually offer optional, higher-power, longer-range batteries for the Leaf BEV, shown here with CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Would you like to Super-Size that battery?

The typical new car buyer has a myriad array of options to chose from, covering everything from paint color to the quality of the sound system, but one of the most substantial choices usually concerns engine size.  Do you want that fuel-efficient inline-four or a high-performance V-8?

But what happens when the industry begins the conversion to electric power?

When Nissan begins rolling out its new Leaf battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, next year, there’ll be just one powertrain package: using lithium-ion batteries, it will deliver 100 miles of range, 0 to 60 times of less than 10 seconds and a top speed of 90 mpg.

(Click Here for a review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle.)

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But a senior Nissan planner tells that the company eventually give BEV buyers the electric vehicle’s equivalent of choosing engines, offering an array of different battery packs.  That would allow a motorist to choose between a lower-range, lower-cost pack, or batteries delivering perhaps twice the mileage, at a higher price, of course.  And, as battery technology improves, eco-minded motorists might also be offered batteries that would add a bit more muscle to their green machines.