M.O.V.E. mid-term plan set to shake things up.
Nissan may have a long standing in the electric mobility scene, with the original Leaf hatchback having brought an affordable, dependable, and practical way for the masses to buy into zero-emissions mobility all the way back in 2010. With the arrival of the second-generation Leaf, the company didn’t hold back their expectations for the new car and its platform, which they said will underpin a number of models going forwards.
Well, now we know the number. 8 new cars, all developed atop the Leaf’s platform, will be brought to market by 2022 under a number of Alliance brands, as well as its affiliate company Dongfeng (and its sub-brand Venucia) in China.
“Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology, and business evolution. Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements: Electrification, autonomous drive, and connectivity/mobility services.” — Philippe Klein, Chief Planning Officer, Nissan
Klein made the statement alongside senior vice presidents Takao Asami and Ogi Redzic, in charge of vehicular autonomy and vehicular connectivity divisions respectively for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In his speech, Klein went on to underline the Alliance’s midterm goal of boosting annualised revenue by 30%, to reach ¥16.5-trillion by the end of FY2022. An 8% core operative profit margin and free-cash flow of ¥2.5-trillion is also targeted.
A lot of those business boosts will be down to Nissan’s electrification push, which will include a C-segment electric car (due this year in China), along with an A-segment SUV platform that will be developed alongside Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng. Two more EV drivetrains, both compact in size, will be developed jointly for the use of Dongfeng’s subsidiary brand, Venucia.
Further than traditional EVs will be Nissan’s proprietary e-Power EV system, which pairs an electric powertrain to an internal combustion motor that acts as a generator (but isn’t a range-extender EV on the account that it cannot be charged through the mains). e-Power drivetrains are going to be the most widely adopted on the account that they can be grafted onto existing platforms with only minimal changes.
Nissan expects that 40% of domestic sales and 50% of European sales will be made up of electrified models (EVs and e-Power) by 2022 and 2025 respectively. Infiniti will also play a huge role in filling those numbers, with the premium marque expected to deploy either pure-electric or e-Power models exclusively from FY2021 onwards.