Nissan Gripz concept
Nissan's senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura confirmed to Auto Express that the automaker's electric car lineup will expand to include a new crossover and even a sports car over the next five years.
Auto Express states:
"Senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura has told us that a new modular platform currently under development will be able to adopt conventional and alternative powertrains – and that this will be key to Nissan’s plan to broaden its EV line-up."
“We don’t want to limit our EVs just to the LEAF, We’re the leading EV manufacturer, but I don’t think we can make it just off one EV, so we want to grow the portfolio – that’s our next plan. It could be a crossover, it could be a sports car; we see much more opportunity for EVs than just a hatchback.”
2011 Nissan Esflow
Nissan has shown several sporty and crossover-ish plug-in electric car concepts, including the Gripz CUV, the Esflow and most recently the 60 kWh IDS that strongly foreshadows the next generation LEAF for 2017.
Doing a crossover electric is easy according to Nakamura, but the sports car present more issues related to battery placement and packaging:
“For a crossover, we don’t care about floor height because the model already has a high ground clearance, a sports car you have to make as low as possible."
In addition to battery packaging, Nissan is reportedly considering a modular structure that could underpin several electric vehicles with only slight modifications required to accommodate each particular plug-in model.
Source: Auto Express