Nissan has laid out a six-year plan to become the world’s leading “green” automaker, with a target of selling a cumulative 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2017 in partnership with French automaker Renault.
Nissan launched its push late in 2010 with the debut of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle, with Renault set to begin production of its own BEVs in the months ahead. While sales are expected to barely nudge 20,000 this year, the makers are rapidly ramping up capacity and by mid-decade will be able to produce as many as 450,000 battery cars annually worldwide.
During a news conference in Tokyo today Carlos Ghosn, who serves as CEO of both makers, announced that the plan calls for Nissan boosting the fuel economy of its typical vehicle 35% compared to 2005 levels. It also aims to reduce overall CO2 emissions by 20% by 2017.
“More consumers are demanding products in line with their values, including cars and trucks with a lower carbon footprint,” said Ghosn.