Nissan Confirms Addition Of Two New Plug-In Vehicles To Future Lineup – Inductive Charging For All

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The Nissan ZEOD Will Not Be One Of Five Production EVs For The Public In The Future

The Nissan ZEOD Will Not Be One Of Five Production EVs For The Public In The Future

Nope, Nissan Is Not Going To Make The Land Glider Concept A Reality Either

Nope, Nissan Is Not Going To Make The Land Glider Concept A Reality Either

Nissan Motors told reporters at a product preview of future models that the company now has plans for five plug-in vehicles in its future – and that Nissan is preparing inductive charging for all of them.

“We haven’t announced what models they will be, but we have plans for five,”  Carla Bailo, a senior vice president at Nissan Americas, told reporters including the Automotive News this week, noting that “…the others will come in due time.”

The plug-ins we know of:

  • Nissan LEAF – the best selling EV in the world is a stranger to no one following plug-in vehicles
  • Infiniti LE – a premium electric sedan, (which has been delayed from early 2014 to approximately late 2015 to accommodate 2nd generation battery technology)
  • Nissan e-NV200 – the electric van will be offered in both commercial and passenger applications, and is scheduled to go into production before year’s end for a launch in early 2014
Unfortunately, We Won't Be Seeing Any Gorgeous Emerg-e Sportscars In The Future From Infiniti

Unfortunately, We Won’t Be Seeing Any Gorgeous Emerg-e Sportscars In The Future From Infiniti

Then there is the plug-in we assume is coming:

  • Nissan has showed us a couple high end performance concept cars through its Infiniti brand – the Emerg-e and Essence, and has promised the market a sportscar sometime over the next 3 years based on those concepts.  According to Andy Palmer this car will be “like the Tesla sports car option, but with more flexibility in terms of range.”

Which leaves us with a mystery car.  And while we personally would wish for something like a more useable utility crossover vehicle in the vein of the upcoming Outlander PHEV from Mitsubishi, or a more versatile compact sedan like the Renault Zoe, it is most likely going to be…

  • Nissan New Mobility Concept Better Known As The Renault Twizy In Europe

    Nissan New Mobility Concept Better Known As The Renault Twizy In Europe

    The Nissan NMC (New Mobility Concept) – which is basically a re-badged Renault Twizy.  Nissan-Renault CEO has already confirmed that “We’re going to develop a city car with the collaboration of Renault,” so if its not the Twizy itself, it will be Twizy-like.

Then again, you never know, Nissan might still surprise us.

One thing we do know is that Nissan is hot to introduce wireless inductive charging inside its Infiniti LE offering in 2015, and now according to the company’s Senior VP, it will extend that technology across all its plug-in offerings in the future.

“…once that technology is ready, we will use it across our brands.”

Quotes via Automotive News

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26 responses to "Nissan Confirms Addition Of Two New Plug-In Vehicles To Future Lineup – Inductive Charging For All"

  1. Dave R says:

    Yay, another EV charging standard. Yawn.

    1. Gadge says:

      There are reasons ‘inductive’ charging will be NECESSARY for future cars:
      1- Charging pads embedded into the pavement of public parking spaces are less subject to vandalism not to mention far more convenient to use.
      2- Select roadways will provide charging as the EV drives along as some commercials buses etc. currently use albeit in limited amounts at this time, but that will increase.
      3- When autonomously driven vehicles become available which is not far off, you will have the ability the call the car and have it come to your location or send it to a different location. e.g. You are at the airport about to leave on vacation, you take out your smartphone to send your ‘smart’ car back home and then have the car pick you up upon your return etc, etc, etc.
      Downside, electromagnetic inductive charging is not as efficient as plug-in conductive charging and more expensive, but that will improve on both counts.
      (no yawn)

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        1: Plus they’d help make people park properly. 😀 (Helped further by self-parking for accuracy.)

      2. Spec says:

        Yeah, all that is coming real soon now.

        I think we should get the basics first.

        1. Gadge says:

          IS THIS SOON ENOUGH FOR YOU!

          http://insideevs.com/nissan-unveils-autonomous-drive-leaf-promises-tech-will-be-available-to-consumers-by-2020-at-a-realistic-price-wvideo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsideEvs+%28Inside+EVs%29

          People make the chicken/egg argument regarding EV’s all the time…it’s a packaged deal and we need to move forward with conductive as well as inductive charging. The train is leaving the station, get on board!

  2. Just_Chris says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they released the racing version of the leaf shown in the picture. I don’t see why a racing ev couldn’t be driven on the road its not like it would fail emissions or sound regulations. AWD, lots of power, sporty suspension, a bit of a bigger battery and a little bit less weight for about $50-60k. That would be a whole heap of fun but I suspect we’ll get an SUV or maybe a pointless saloon (they are pointless buy a hatch or an estate don’t waste your time with a huge boot that you can’t fit a tall box in).

    1. Brian says:

      The biggest hurdle bringing racing cars to market is not emissions or sound, but safety. I’m sure that car doesn’t have a 5-star safety rating.

      1. Aaron says:

        Neither does the 2013 LEAF. It has a 4-star rating. Many of the parts needed to make your LEAF look like the Nismo racer are available in Japan.

        1. Just_Chris says:

          I think I’d rather change the bits inside the leaf so it drove like the leaf in the picture rather than looked like it, although anything is an improvment on the current styling.

      2. Just_Chris says:

        oh yes safety, I would feel better in a three point harness than in a car with an air bag any day. Same goes for the roll cage vs crumple zone or good handling vs electronic stability gizmos.

        Race car drivers crash all the time, generally at very high speed, most of the time they walk away. I am not trying to be flippant here, obviously it is very sad when someone is hurt in any car crash on the track or otherwise. I just don’t think we should get too hung up on star ratings as they have increasingly become a marketing tool, I don’t know enough about the various rating systems to say anything sensible but I am becoming increasingly cynical about how car manufacturers rave about their safety rating, if you can drive a lotus 7 on the road then you should be able to drive a racing leaf.

  3. David Murray says:

    Yeah yeah… but when are we going to see something like a plug-in Nissan Rogue? That would make so much more sense. Perhaps since Toyota’s RAV4 EV hasn’t been selling well they are afraid to jump into that market?

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      I bet the RAV4EV would sell better if they sold it in other states :/

    2. Thomas says:

      I think the Juke would be a great EV. In my opinion, Nissan should start adapting the EV platform to all of it’s models, and offer that option to the buyer.

      1. Aaron says:

        It sure would be competition to the forthcoming Kia Soul EV.

      2. Stuart22 says:

        The Juke is a Joke. Poor people space for the size, weird styling, there is no sense to whatever character it attempts to portray.

  4. kdawg says:

    So will wireless charging be standardized, or will we have Chademo vs. SAE all over again?

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Currently there are many companies developing wireless charging. Cross-capability is being worked on by standards committees; so initially, I bet most will not be compatible. The first to market is Plugless Power by Evatran.

  5. Blind Guy says:

    Inductive charging, yes please! Can inductive charging use AC and or DC? If inductive charging were adapted for powering your vehicle while on a toll road, wouldn’t all EVs have to use the same frequency that the coil in the road emits? Will your inductive charger automatically tune itself if different emitting frequencies are used? I wonder what the greatest distance will be for power to be transmitted wirelessly in the future. It would be great not to have to plug everything in 

    1. Aaron says:

      It you read some of Nikola Tesla’s works, he showed it was possible to send electricity wirelessly around the world via the Schumann Resonance. Will that be feasible for electric cars? I sure hope so! 🙂

  6. vdiv says:

    Nothing like Nissan to bet on charging standards that are doomed to fail…

    But hey, the more, the merrier! 🙂 Where is my eNV-200 conversion shaggy van? 😉

  7. Loboc says:

    The only one I’m interested in is the LE. They need to tone it down a couple notches to be production though.

    Like the inductive charging. Hopefully, it will have wired charging as well.

  8. Schmeltz says:

    Nice on the inductive charging news, but I struggle to understand their choices in vehicles to make as EV’s? Instead of a Nissan version of the `Twizy’, why not just an all-electric Altima? or new Rogue EV?

  9. Audi RS5 says:

    not one good looking car

  10. Adding inductive charging is like adding a Turbo-Charger to ICE. What matters is how much more power and how much faster for the added cost?

    An inductive charger delivering less than 30kW/hr makes little sense. . Note: a 30 kW/h rate will take an hour to charge a 30 kWh battery; a Model S equivalent battery (85kW) would take over 2.5 hours. Charger designs under 100 kW/h ignore battery evolution beyond the current generation of EVs. We need to plan forward 3-5 years when battery capacities are 2x larger than today.

    If inductive charging at 20 kW/h at home, that’s OK; but there’s a need to use same (inductive) vehicle system to supercharge in 10-15 min.(100+ kW/h). This kind of supercharge speed will be the expection in next couple years along regional routes.

    Questioning this? Consider DOE data from the EV Project for public Level 2 and DC charging. A Level 2 ststion received use once ever 7-20 days, vs 2-8 times per day for a DC station. Average charge per stop for both types of chargers was ~8 kWh (for ~30miles / ~50km range). The real differentiator is time… 2.5 hours vs. 12 min. Time will be an important factor as 120-150 mile range capable PEVs become more wildly available in the next 3-5 years.

    Bonus: Increasing battery capacity 2x for a practical nexgen 120-150 mile EV will reduce the number of charge station locations required by a factor of 3.5-4x for similar coverage. Better range equals less infrastructure… wiser be the one investing in more battery capacity than more chargers.

  11. What is the advantage of contactless energy transfer when close proximity is required for higher efficiency? (Inductive efficiency being factor of 1/r^2) I’m not understanding the use-case(s) that are driving engineering effort be spent on adding power transmitter–receiver hardware vs. spending design effort on engineering a better connector-plug.

    1. Hany S says:

      Charging stations have been vandalized and thieves are stealing the copper in the wires. Also it makes the argument over what type of plug to standardize on moot. It also can be installed on roads so that cars can receive some charge while driving, albeit not enough to use smaller batteries as the charge rate won’t equal the use.