The North American subsidiary of Japanese automaker Nissan says more than 40% of its US new vehicle sales will be fully electric by 2030, part of the company’s larger goal of becoming carbon neutral across all operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050.
Nissan, with its Nissan Leaf that was introduced in 2010, has helped to make electrified vehicles a more attainable and recognisable ambition. Since the launch of the Leaf, the company has sold over 500,000 models around the world – including over 148,000 in the United States alone.
“Nissan is fully committed to doing our part toward building a cleaner, safer and more inclusive society for all.” said Jeremie Papin, chair of Nissan Americas.
Next year in the US, Nissan will begin selling the all-electric Ariya crossover SUV which offers an all-electric driving range of 450-kilometres and a more powerful model, boasting 250kW of power output and 560Nm of torque decreases the all-electric driving range to 430-kilometres.
An 87kWh battery option for the two-wheel drive models promises to deliver an all-electric driving range of up to 610-kilometres with 178kW/300Nm, or 580-kilometres of driving range with 290kW/600Nm for the dual motor option.
Nissan opened orders for the Ariya all-electric crossover SUV in the company’s home market of Japan in June. Australia has been promised the Ariya will eventually make it to our shores, but not in any great hurry.
Nissan North America also promised that the Ariya “will be followed by even more all-electric models” in the years to come – though no specifics were included.
The announcement by Nissan North America follows only a few days after US president Joe Biden announced new fuel emissions standards that he hopes will translate into a 50 per cent share of electric cars in new vehicle sales by 2030, although that also includes hybrids.
Nissan recently announced new US pricing for the 2022 version of Nissan Leaf and a whole suite of features now standard on all Leaf models
The Leaf’s new starting price has dropped by $US4,245 ($A5,730) to $US28,375 ($A38,300) – including Destination and Handling fee – and now comes with a CHAdeMO Quick Charge Port and portable 240-volt charging cable as standard, and eight features that previously featured only in the Technology Packages for the SV Plus model – including ProPilot Assist and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about climate change, clean technology, and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transport is his feet.