Nissan: “Our Competitors Apparently Changed Their Minds And Joined The [Electric Car] Party…Fashionably Late”

APR 5 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 69

In introducing the Nissan Sway compact hatchback concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, a couple of Nissan executives made public statements that were later released on Nissan’s media site.

Chairman of Nissan Europe, Paul Willcox, spoke of electric cars (there are some rumors out there saying the Sway could represent the design direction of the next-gen LEAF).

Here’s what Willcox had to say in regards to electric cars:

“…Finally, let me update you on Nissan Electric Vehicles. This year, Nissan will celebrate the LEAF’s 5th birthday. With over 160,000 on the road, not only have the EV critics been proved wrong, but our competitors apparently ‘changed their minds’ and joined the party. As with crossovers, they are fashionably late.”

“Nissan leads the world in zero emissions technology, and the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling Electric Car, globally and in Europe. Customers choose LEAF because they trust us – we’re the pioneers and experts in EV. If you want proof: LEAF has a 95% recommendation rate from customers.”

“The best across the Nissan line-up. And we also have the all-electric eNV200, with both van and passenger vehicle versions. A seven-seat Evalia model is making its debut here at the show today.”

“We will continue to improve EV batteries with the ultimate aim of offering a driving range that is comparable to conventionally powered vehicles.”

So, that’s where Nissan stands.  There’s no indication there that Nissan is backing down from electric cars or that the automaker is going to let other competitors jump ahead.  We believe the next-gen LEAF will compete with or beat the Chevrolet Bolt is most of the critical areas in which electric cars are judged.

Check out the Sway and let us know if you’d like to see this look on the next-gen LEAF.


Nissan Sway press release:

Nissan rethinks the compact hatchback: Introducing the Sway Concept

  • Bold design theme showcases new design language
  • Edgy exterior matched by elegantly simple interior
  • Created to bring fresh, high-end thinking to compact hatchback segment

GENEVA – Innovative design and product planning gave birth to the Qashqai and Juke, two of the biggest automotive success stories in recent years. Now the company has applied the same radical thinking to one of the most important sectors of the market: the compact hatchback.

Unveiled at the Geneva Show, the Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of compact Nissan models might look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback. It is a concept car designed especially to appeal to European tastes: it is seen as emotional, edgy and exciting.

Sway has been designed to shake up the compact hatchback segment, traditionally a conservative sector of the market. With its swooping lines, striking nose, elegantly simple interior and bold use of sophisticated colors, the concept is a daring and emotional design.

There is an overall sense of unity and harmony… but with edginess unexpected in this market segment. The interior, for example, applies techniques more usually seen in industrial architecture such as structural aluminum elements to signify both simplicity and strength, but also the attention to detail and use of color and materials associated with premium goods.

The exterior, meanwhile, blends four highly distinctive elements – the V-motion grille, floating roof, boomerang lamps and kicked-up C-pillar – to shape a new design signature that has already been seen on the Nissan Lannia Concept that was presented last year in Beijing at Auto China 2014, as well as the new Murano recently launched in the US. The Sway represents the first time this new design language has been expressed on a compact hatchback, while future Nissan models in different market segments in all regions will follow this styling direction.

The Sway’s character line begins with the V-motion grille, mounted low at the front between twin V-shaped quarter bumpers. The grille is the starting point for a bold contour that curves over the bonnet and front wheels before dipping dramatically towards the center of the front door. It then sweeps upwards towards the rear of the car, giving the side profile an almost sensuous form.

It sits proud of the bonnet before leading into a distinct and sharp crease down the car’s waistline – a waistline that is pinched by the rising indented triangular sill feature.

Alongside the V-motion grille sit the boomerang headlamps. Usually the boomerang shape is created by the use of LED lamps within a more conventional lamp shape: this time the lamps themselves take the signature shape, while the LEDs within create the impression of a pair of eyes, watching.

The signature boomerang taillights are equally dramatic, dissecting the rear three-quarter elements of the car. Twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes emerge from either side of the registration plate housing towards the middle of the rear section rather than underneath the bumper.

Complex rear doors house not only the extended sill and waistline crease, but also the shapely flared fenders needed to cover the rear wheels. An upward flick towards the rear of the glass-line reduces the C-pillar between the door and the floating roof to a minimum. To ease ingress and egress, this concept car has no central B-pillar and rear-hinged back doors.

Another feature of Nissan’s new design language is the floating roof, which is expressed this time by a panoramic glass roof, framed by an extended C-shaped construction running from the A-pillars along the side of the roof to the rear cross link above the tailgate. On the concept car this structure is highlighted by the use of a bold orange color that contrasts with the blue-grey of the body.

Extra rigidity is provided by a distinctive deformed X-structure in the center of the roof with the crossing point of the ‘X’ sitting above the front seat passengers.

The glass roof provides two major benefits: those on the inside can enjoy a sense of freedom and space while those on the outside can admire the interior.

Additionally, the Sway is unique in its color coordination between the exterior and interior.

The exterior color of the car is “bluish dawn grey,” a grey with hints of blue which are visible under light, harmonized with a contrasting orange color. The sophisticated color combination fits yet stands out beautifully with the European cityscape.

The interior uses a darker, deeper blue, with high contrasting ivory and orange colors matching the exterior to give a sense of unity to the car.

Inspired by the IDx show car first revealed at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the Sway adopts – and develops – its interior design concept of a gliding wing shaped dashboard.

The driving force behind the gliding wing shape is its elegant simplicity. The result is an interior in which function takes a priority, and where nothing has been used for mere decorative effect.

Structural elements, for example, are shown as structural elements. The door pulls are designed to be integrated as a part of exposed aluminum struts. Even the three-spoke steering wheel has a “back-to-basics” simplicity, with a squared off bottom section and aluminum spokes.

Just two basic instruments face the driver, with all other functions captured on a large trapezoidal tablet in the center of the dashboard visible – and usable – by both driver and front seat passenger.

The lightweight seats have an aluminum structure – once again exposed – and are covered in a premium suede-like fabric partially accentuated with pearl-effect material, featuring stitching techniques more usually found on luxury handbags. Colour co-ordination sees the use of strong blue and orange themes inside, complementing the exterior perfectly.

Although a compact car, the lack of clutter, the removal of the B-pillar and the use simple yet elegant structures makes the interior seem larger than expected.

“We believe that the Sway continues our tradition of challenging the status quo in market segments by bringing something fresh, distinctive and striking, much as we did with Qashqai and Juke.

“With this new concept car for Geneva, we are experimenting to see how Nissan might be able to bring fresh ideas to the compact hatchback segment,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Design and Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Paul Willcox, Chairman Nissan Europe, said: “Nissan is on the move. The brand stands for bold, innovative thinking in the European automotive market – indeed around the globe – and our growth in Europe is led by outstanding new products, which are defined by outstanding design. The Sway underlines how important design is for Nissan in building our brand and driving our growth.”

About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

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69 Comments on "Nissan: “Our Competitors Apparently Changed Their Minds And Joined The [Electric Car] Party…Fashionably Late”"

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If Nissan produces an EV that looks close to what the Sway is and goes at least 200 miles in range. I’ll get it.

If Nissan doubles battery capacity on the Leaf, it will more likely be 120-150 mile range, 160-180 at most. I also don’t think the Chevy “Bolt” will actually get 200 mile range except at slow speeds in some sort of Eco/range maximizing mode that reduces performance to get that range. (The VW e-Golf has 3 driving modes, Normal, Eco & Eco +, and 3 regen braking modes. At it’s worst, It can get 70 miles in cold weather, hwy speeds, or over 100 using Eco +). But, I’m in the US, so, I understand miles are measured differently in the UK? I thought all other countries used kilometers until I began looking at EVs from sites such as this and Transport Evolved.

So, I should have asked this first, but, where can I find info. on what measurements each country uses for driving distances? It’s confusing to read about something in the UK or Europe and then find that US miles are different.

The US and UK use the same mile. However, the US gallon and the UK gallon are different – the Imperial Gallon (UK) is larger. So miles-per-gallon rates are different between the two countries.

Even without the “extra large” gallons, the European test cycle still gives a rather inflated result for gas guzzlers’ MPG as well as EV range, as compared to the much more realistic EPA test results.

Unfortunately the European test cycle, NEDC, gives such erratic results that there isn’t any reliable rule-of-thumb for what percentage to reduce the rating by, to get something close to real-world driving. In fact, some auto makers have deliberately designed their cars to give misleading data under the specific conditions of the NEDC, leading to a year-after-year increase in average disparity between NECD ratings and real-world MPG/EV range. Some info on these problems here:

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/09/20140928-icct.html

And even though the EPA’s numbers are closer to reality, they’re not all that consistent either:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1096028_tesla-p85d-highlights-why-epa-range-ratings-are-inconsistent-confusing-for-electric-cars

Ben: are you for real, “I understand miles are measured differently in the UK?” this is why the UK and USA should catch up to the rest of the world and use metric.

The U.S. gallon holds 4 quarts and is 2/15 of a cubic foot. Therefoe a cubic foot of water weighs 62,43 pounds at its point of maximum density (39,2 fahrenheit or 4 centigrade).

The British Imperial gallon is 5 quarts.

Not a complicated thing to understand. Incidentally if you know what a ‘foot’ is (supposedly the length of the king’s feet) you now know roughly what a gallon is also.

My father loved the metric system to such an extent that in his last Dodge he went to a Canadian dealership to have the speedometer exchanged.

I realize the US is the last hold out, but the current propensity of metric system labels to be people’s names means one has no ‘feel’ for the units. This is the main reason why I’ve always avoided its use.

US electrical units are substantially metric, but here again they are changing long used reasonable units for people’s names.

Hertz vs. Cycles per Second
Siemens vs. Mhos., and so on.

I instantly know what the former labels are. The new stuff I don’t know whether we’re talking about a German electric firm or a car rental company.

This is why range is an irrelevant value right now. The next gen cars are shooting for about 50KWH batteries. This is virtually the same across all of the coming entries, just as 25KWH is the standard now. The rest (range) is pure fabrication.

The next pure ev standard should be 150 KWh and otherwise it should be 40 KWh with a Rex. Those two are the only real solution to effectively match a gasoline car on range as well.

Any “REx” car that burns gasoline competes quite nicely with gasoline cars. Not much of a challenge, actually.

You could be right, we don’t know what will get to market next year, but, solid state batteries are coming, and they will give a true 200 mile range when they get here.

Careful Benjim Chevy has a habit of conservative estimates and BEATING EPA numbers on a consistent basis. I’m willing to bet the Bolt will offer a superior MPGe number due to size (much smaller than LEAF), but it all comes down to battery size. Who con produce and sell it cheaper, and the money is on Nissan to keep production costs down.. and be able to offer a similar or larger sized battery for the same money.
I believe in the LEAF and I believe in the Bolt.. but don’t you dare say the Bolt will be a lackluster product that won’t meet numbers.

ozzie said:

“Chevy has a habit of conservative estimates and BEATING EPA numbers on a consistent basis.”

Really?

No, not really.

My Volt actually gets 250mpg+…

But it is only about 85mpge. =)

So, technically it is correct.

While it’s absolutely possible to get far better than 250MPG in a Volt, the fleet average is the more important metric than any single data point. According to VoltStats.net, the average of those registered is about 119MPG.

The Volt’s MPG, though, is a horrible metric to use to claim that GM “lied”. It varies so much depending on how the car is driven that GM really has no control over it. You think EPA-to-Real Life MPG numbers vary? They have nothing on the Volt’s MPG.

We were promised a Volt that got “40 miles” of electric range. GM delivered a Volt that got 37 miles. That’s pretty darn close. Now they are promising a Bolt that will deliver 200 miles. Using the same ratio, that would lead to 185 miles. I would love to see a Bolt that gets 185 miles on the EPA sticker!

I seem to remember ‘up to 40’. You never answer my lunch question.

That was a confusing marketing ploy that coincided with their LIES about the engine never driving the wheels. So I wouldn’t lose any sleep about it since GM stopped lying years ago.

Its not the same in the new VOlt, here they freely admit that the engine is going to drive the wheels even more often (supposedly to get 41 miles/us gallon due to greater efficiency – in other words, less needless power conversions)

Agree with benji888578

The biggest impediment to releasing a 200 mile EV is cost. Most EVs now are in the 20-25 kWh arena, and it remains to be seen if EV generation 2.0 will be 40kWh or 50kWh.

Regardless of the new longer range vehicles, I really hope they keep on making the 80 mile cars at a entry level price.

I’m fine, more than fine, with 150 miles of highway range. Say 120 in all weather conditions. Not sure what that works out to in EPA range, probably 150 or so.

That and fast charging of course. I basically never drive more than two hours at a time. Last time I did that was in 2004.

You are so right Alonso, 120-150 is plenty. People think they need more than they really do. In 2010 I reset my odometer every day for the year and exceeded 100 miles exactly once! For that day a DCQC stop for 10 min. would have done it. The next year I bought my Leaf.

Wow, didn’t know InsideEVs could do that?
“public statements that we later released on Nissan’s media site.”

This could have been fun a few days ago … in April 1st. 😉

It just occurred to me a day or two ago, after seeing another mangled sentence in an InsideEVs article, that perhaps the problem isn’t a lack of editing or copy-editing. Perhaps the problem is that some of the EV staff has English as a second language?

…and of course, very poor English language skill on the part of a Japanese translator was the cause of the infamous “All your base are belong to us” meme.

[Note to moderator: If you would remove the duplicate out-of-context post below, I’d appreciate it. My apologies for the posting error.]

I never saw any mention as to the drive train of the Sway. I’m guessing it has an ICE? I do see a family resemblance to the Leaf, though.

If the two exhaust ports are any indication…..

The video implies front wheel drive. Clearly the platform for this car is similar to the Leaf and one can expect the same sort of architecture.

But I don’t think this is the next gen Leaf. It’s a design language exercise, not a prototype. They sure took the word “edgy” literally. It has edges all over the place. What this does for drag, I don’t know.

The challenge for Nissan is to move this language to production without losing the look, without making it a shadow of its former self. All that polished aluminum costs money. The small clearance between fenders will be made larger. The folds will be tamed for aerodynamics. The shape will have to adapt to crash requirements in Europe especially, with its pedestrian protection rules. The glass roof will go too, due to cost.

All these changes, by the time they are done, can make the car far less attractive unless done with great care. Compare the Zoe preview with the production version.

Nice to hear the commitment to EVs. I don’t care nearly as much about the looks as about 1) range and 2) battery reliability and temperature management. I like our Leaf but when the lease is up next year I’ll be looking for those two things above all else in a replacement.

Thats a cool looking car, sign me up Nissan.

+1

I like the design direction. Much less “geeky” than current LEAF. I’m not a huge fan of Nissan’s new grille ( face ), but surely in LEAF it would be filled in and hopefully less garish.

Sway looks sporty, and LEAF could use a bit of sport in it’s DNA.

Very cool car, I see resemblances with the Renault Zoe.

The wavy lines remind me a bit of the Infiniti LE concept.

Not sure I like a vehicle having wrap-around eyebrows… WTF? Nissan can’t do sleek and sexy anymore?

All the zaggy-sharp angles in this design exercise, make me want to call this the “crinkle” style. Because it reminds me of a pre-crushed metal can. *shrugs*

yet another butt ugly weird looking space mobile it’s ok if the sway looks like that but let’s hope the leaf doesn’t look like that that’s even worse than the current leaf

Yes, that is like the answer to the question of how to make a car ugly. Especially the front.
Can’t they make a normal sedan? It is not because you drive an electric that you want to play weird.

I agree… its horrid… I much prefer the Leaf (and that’s not saying much!)

As of today my Volt has more AER than my Leaf. When selling the Leaf Nissan said it would go 100 miles. When the car was released the EPA sticker said 73 miles, except you weren’t supposed to charge it fully. But not to worry, unless you used DC charging all the time it would only fade 10% in ten years. GM said the Volt would get 35 miles.

Yeah, as a consumer I really trust you Nissan. Not. LOL

I can see why you are mad at Nissan, DonC. I didn’t buy a leaf because I never got any reassurances from the Nissan releases of a Robust Battery. Now could you give us some details as why you think your Leaf battery performance is so horrid?

I used to cringe every time the sleazy Andrew Palmer opened his mouth. I’m glad he’s not associated with Nissan any longer, and I’d bet some Leaf owners in Tucson agree with me.

For whatever reason, As far as mileage goes, Volts perform at least as good as advertised. 35 miles range but most do better.

The new promise for the 2016 is 1000 miles between gasoline fillups (avg customer), 50 mile electric range, and cheaper regular gas.

Those are important promises kept.

People complain about room or charging rates, which are legitimate complaints, but GM never promised any changes there. The big thing in my mind is they’ve kept their promises, and, as Bob Lutz has said, even the original 2011 volt was a good deal and is not gypping anyone: “Hey, you’re getting an $80,000 car for around $42,000. So what’s wrong with that?”

I’m surprised to hear you even looked at a Leaf, Bill! Your Roadster barely has enough range for you, and the Leaf’s battery in puny in comparison. You used to complain all the time that nobody was putting truly large batteries (>100kWh) in cars.

The current Leaf has its niche, but that niche is getting crowded. The interesting part of this article was this:
“We will continue to improve EV batteries with the ultimate aim of offering a driving range that is comparable to conventionally powered vehicles.”
That’s not double the range (160 miles) or even 200 miles. Most gas cars have tanks sized for 300-400 miles of range. Even Tesla isn’t there yet. It is encouraging to hear Nissan at least talking about that as a goal.

Oh, and BTW Nissan, every gas car I’ve ever owned has still gotten 300+ miles on a tank during an upstate NY winter snowstorm, blasting the heat and driving 75 MPH down the highway.

Ha! Not much of a snowstorm if you can drive through it at 75mph!

You’re not from around here, are you? People still drive 75 MPH in near white-out conditions, when they can hardly see the car in front of them.

Those people are the ones that end up in a ditch, or worse case, wrapped around a tree/stuffed in the grill of a tractor trailer.

Indeed. Note I never said that I was one of them. I only said that a gas car can travel 300 miles under those conditions.

OK, re-reading what I wrote it sure sounds like I do that. That was not what I meant to imply. My bad!

Let me know if you guys feel like doing lunch on friday.. Roadster is getting a lot of use anyway, about a 190 mile round trip to McMaster in Hamilton, Ontario for thursday. My Canadian friends love seeing a racing green roadster (evergreen, not that black racing green that the S has). No one in Canada ordered my Color, so if they want to demonstrate an Evergreen one I have to be there, haha.

Hey Bill, thanks for the invitation, but my kids are on Spring Break this week. I will be in Vermont this Friday. I will make sure that Eric sees your comment.

Hi Bill! Brian pointed me to your comment. Unfortunately this Friday doesn’t work for me either. Hopefully we can meet up soon though. Maybe a couple Fridays or Saturdays from now?

Ok noted…. Brian forget about that ‘ you never answer’ comment.

That’s why I’m keeping the VOlt. The idea of having a smelly gas can riding in the hatch and constantly having to get out to put a thimble-full of gas in every 40 minutes is not my idea of fun. I can see why Steve here would like his fast charging port to work. At least then he could go 75 minutes between stops.

The 100 kwh batteries are for Large BEV’s, so my point is more that since several years have gone by to do the ‘proof of concept’, its high time someone came out with a large Truck or large SUV family hauler for those who need them. Even though battery prices have declined, a PHEV granted is the more practical solution; 20-50 kwh batteries would easily fit in a Huge vehicle, and in a PHEV would give 30-80 miles all electric range, so depending on the battery size selected (could be made an option – someone who always took short trips under 30 miles per day would buy the 20kwh model. Traveling salesmen/real estate agents who normally drove over 75 miles per day would get the 50 kwh battery since they could still be high mileage drivers and still not use that much gas, other than in the wintertime when the jacket heat of the engine could be put to good use). I have about the smallest thing ever made, and it has a 53 kwh battery, or at least it did when new. Via, and that discontinued Ford Transit Connect EV I discount since they are either non-existant, or else… Read more »

Yeah, that makes sense. I’m sure there would be a market for such a car although probably only in the luxury end given the current cost of batteries. I still think that GM’s next move should be putting the Voltec drivetrain as-is into a larger CUV. Even if the car gets “only” 25-30 miles AER and 30-35 MPG CS, it would be a huge improvement. The rest is just educating people that 25-30 miles really is enough for 2/3 of their driving, and the rest is done with the efficiency of a compact car. GM seems unwilling or unable to properly educate people though, so it’s up to the likes of us that hang around at IEVs to educate everyone we can.

Right. People aren’t dumb, they just have to be told. And they can do it in one sentence to avoid confusion.

“You can effortlessly take a 400 mile trip in the new volt before both the gas tank and battery are empty, with the first 50 miles automatically being all electric operation to save your gas for later in the trip.”

It uses no gas for your daily commute, and then gives you the efficiency of a hybrid for any road trip. You’re right; it’s not hard to understand. Everyone I’ve talked to “gets it”.

Don – sorry about the range problem with the Leaf you’ve had. Very disappointing, and also disappointing is how Nissan has handled it. GM really won me over with the job they did taking care of the Volt’s battery.

Don, if you bought and didn’t lease, you better trade it in and not sell it on the open market!

Sheesh – I never realized the degradation was that bad! Makes the Volt look better and better IMHO.

Every time a new PHEV or BEV comes out – i3 for example, it makes me say that more and more. Volt really delivers in many ways most people never realize.

It’s kinda over the top but at least it doesn’t look like a toaster. Hopefully they’ll tone it down.

Video cameras for side mirrors will not be approved.

That Is a Nice Looking Car…………… ((((OVERDETAILED))) If it were 0nly 1/4 Size bigger With 350 + mile Range…Now…, That Would make It “EXTREMELY” Interesting & Very Buyable ….Food for thought Nissan
…& everybody Else That is building EV’s 0ut There!!!! L O L …

It just occurred to me a day or two ago, after seeing another mangled sentence in an InsideEVs article, that perhaps the problem isn’t a lack of editing or copy-editing. Perhaps the problem is that some of the EV staff has English as a second language?

…and of course, very poor English language skill on the part of a Japanese translator was the cause of the infamous “All your base are belong to us” meme.

Actually that is true, while most of us in North America, we realize not all the news comes from here. We think it is good to be well-balanced globally, and to that Europe/East perspective on board as well. (Still, we try to catch any dialogue hiccups along the way – but confess to not being perfect, lol)

Also, we run IEV 20 hours a day, 365 days a year…which would also be tricky to do being solely NA-based. So we have coverage from Europe and further east as well.

Plus, a lot of those blokes over at BMWblog have dat heavy, heavy German accent. 🙂

Altho it’s nice to see Nissan talking the talk about the next generation of EVs, there’s no indication they’re gonna walk the walk before anybody else does, when it comes to significantly improved range in BEVs (or PHEVs either, for that matter).

It’s all very well for Nissan to remind us that they’re they first to actually market a mass produced BEV in the current EV revolution, but since then it seems all they’ve done is increase their production capacity and make a slight improvement in battery chemistry for that one model… the Leaf.

If they’re gonna debut a nominally “200 mile” BEV before other auto makers, which means before 2017, then let them say so… and actually deliver one. At the moment, it looks like they’re just waiting around for LG Chem to start deliveries of cheaper (per kWh) batteries, just like all the other auto makers except Tesla.

GO TESLA! Please continue to push the EV revolution forward, for nobody else is!

If Nissan is to introduce a 200 mile BEV before other automakers, they will need a time machine to do it before the 2008-2009 debut of the Tesla Roadster.

GSP

I still don’t see how Tesla is “pushing” anybody. It’s easy to have great performance AND 250+ miles of range when you charge $100K and have a huge battery. ANYBODY could do it, it’s just not where companies like GM and Nissan make their money. They make their money selling reasonably priced cars to real people.

If anybody is “pushing”, I’d say it is GM with their announcement of the Bolt. They’re probably going to beat Telsa to market by a year and Nissan by 6 months. That’s my prediction.

I actually like the looks, it is better than the Leaf.

…says the one with an HHR for his/her avatar 😉

I think the HHR was Chevy’s answer to the ‘PT Cruiser’. I thought it was such a good looking “Gangster Car” (even though the look predates me by around 25 years), that I would have bought one if it wasn’t so small, and they had made the thing full-sized .

Now if they’d only make some ‘full-sized’ EV’s.

The 2015 Leaf (my 2nd) is the best car I ever owned. But why does it have to look so frumpish? The Nismo RC version looks great. The Renault version looks great. The Sway would be brilliant.