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