Nissan Juke And Qashqai Might Get Electric Powertrains
Gareth Dunsmore, who is the GM of the Electric Vehicle Division at Nissan Europe, said that the electrification of Juke and Qashqai crossovers is coming.
It’s just matter of time.
“We’re leaders in crossovers and a leader with Leaf and we will combine those two in the future,”
Rather than developing dedicated all-electric models, this time Nissan seems to be willing to try a general platform that will be able to handle both the conventional and all-electric powertrains.
We see here potential for gasoline, plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version – like in case of some Volkswagens today.
“At present, Nissan’s electric models are built on dedicated EV platforms. Dunsmore said this would always be the preferable option, but the “next step is a platform fit for EVs from day one”. These platforms would also be engineered to take internal combustion engines and other drivetrain technology.”
On the other side of the market, Dunsmore hinted that Nissan is considering new small electric car, which could be part of broader LEAF family.
source: Autocar, hat tip to Adrian!