Nissan Powertrain Exec – 4 BEVs For Nissan, 2 For Infiniti In Next 5 Years


New Nissan LEAF Charges up Electric Avenue

It’s all part of a grander long-term plan that sees electrification filter across both brands.

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Last September, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed plans for the Alliance to launch at least 12 BEVs by 2022. However, at the time there was no breakdown for any of the brands.

We now learn, via Toshihiro Hirai, Nissan’s corporate vice president for powertrain and EV engineering, that Nissan-Infiniti will get 6 of those BEVs, in 5 years or less. A further breakdown says that Nissan will have 4 BEVs, while Infiniti gets 2.

As it stands right now, Nissan has two BEVs on the market, the 2018 Nissan LEAF and the Nissan e-NV200. Infiniti has zero, but the luxury automaker did announce one is in the works and that it’ll arrive by 2021. No details exist beyond this statement:

New INFINITI models will offer electrified powertrains from 2021

INFINITI will launch its first pure electric vehicle in the same year

We speculate that Infiniti will come out first with an electric luxury sedan/coupe. Hopefully, that’s followed by a luxury BEV SUV.

On the Nissan side of the equation, 4 BEVs leaves it open to all possibilities. We expect at least one of those to be a crossover/SUV. The second likely an all-new LEAF and the third and fourth hopefully a larger electric sedan, or maybe even (fingers crossed) a truck.

Again, this new revelation covers only the next 5 years. The Alliance has much grander plans that come a little further down the road.

What would you like to see among these 6 BEVs?

Source: Automotive News

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You are missing out the e-NV200 which is a van and a people carrier.

Whoops. Forgot about that van for a sec. Text altered. Though I don’t think the e-NV200 will live on for long.

Actually, I’d be surprised if there weren’t an e-NV200 or similar compact BEV van… I expect such vehicles to be adopted much faster than passenger BEVs due to lower TCO, for both delivery fleets as well as mobile professionals (gardeners, plumbers etc.)

The 40 kWh Nissan Leaf currently is the benchmark EV model.

Price, Range, Design, Features and Technology.

Ofher car manufacturers will now have to try to bring a more compelling EV to the market.

The Leaf is not at all appealing to me. The price is high for the range, price would be more competitive with gas cars around 24-28k, or about 8k less than it is. The Civic EX-L hatch with Honda Sensing is around 27k, end offers more power and range. With government credits the price of Leaf is okay, but those wont be around for ever.

Then which EV model is currently the benchmark EV model, according to you?

Without a robust active TMS, the 2018 Leaf has limited appeal for those who do highway driving, and want real range (200+mile), without the frailty of overheating the battery with multiple fast charging in 90F + ambient daytime temperatures.

Otherwise, the Leaf is a bargain spacious metro / urban commuter EV.

For many people 151 miles of range per day is more than enough.

I think the Chevy Bolt is the current benchmark non-luxury EV. When the base Model 3 becomes widely available, it’ll be it.

2018 Leaf undercuts the Bolt in price, but with less range and (potentially) the TMS issue.

Leaf is the epitome of compliance EV. It is useful as a second car, has a good range, but will never get mass market appeal.

I don’t use compliance as a bad word, only that the vehicle serves a purpose as a commuter or city vehicle and that is all. I don’t see Pro-Pilot being that useful as a city feature, so it really makes it a commuter car on LA freeways.

The LEAF is a great car if you care about the environment, want to save fuel costs and love cars with instant acceleration and smooth ride. Those who want power and range can stick with their gas-guzzling ICE cars and watch the polar icecaps melt.

I like the Leaf as a benchmark and I think the Leaf will be back open for big discounts by the end of the year…
Probably not 10k off MSRP with little effort on the buyers part but more around 5k which would put it 10k under the model 3 and the Bolt which is substantial…

It starts at ~$31k before incentives. Much lower and it’d be nearly free.

I would have thought the benchmark EV model was the one that half a million EV buyers around the world have been waiting patiently for almost two years now … silly me.

That EV waiting thing, where you wait years for an EV that trickles out of an EV only production factory, is just a passing fad that will go by the wayside, when the next biggest thing launches.

The Tesla Model 3 is also a benchmark EV model, just not as affordable as the Nissan Leaf.

People who can afford to buy a Tesla Model 3, they will not buy a Nissan Leaf.

A better EV model will cost more money (generally speaking).

Common sense

Those who want to regularly carry stuff will.

Difference in price between the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf is substantial.

The Nissan Leaf is good enough for many people.

That’s why the Nissan Leaf is the benchmark EV model.

The Leaf SV which is the cheapest model that has DC fast charge starts at around $32.5k.

The base Model 3 that has a longer range of 220 miles a faster DC quick charge rate and has far superior performance starts at $35k.

That not that different.

Nissan set benchmarks for the Leaf alright… benchmarks in low resale value, benchmarks in high battery capacity degradation, benchmarks in high winter range degradation, and benchmarks in low DCFC charging rate capability.

He he he
People should buy the best car they can really afford.
I would personally put the Leaf near the bottom of the list, bought a new Volt instead and use it almost entirely as an EV. Better car for me.


I wonder if their new entries will have a LTMS. But it will be interesting with their 4 bevs competing with the 16 from GM and the dozen or so from Ford.

Nissan has really big grand plans, too bad none include improving their battery technology.

? 2019 60kWh Leaf II+ will get the new Korean 811 cells

That’s great- is the battery thermally managed unlike the 1st Gen Leaf?


Please publish your ref for a 2019 LEAF TMS.

How much difference in price will there between the base model 40 kWh Nissan Leaf and the base model 60 kWh Nissan Leaf?

Most articles put 5000$ or 6000€ between 40kWh and 60 kWh version which sounds right.

Nissan is the clear leader in EV tech and products. No one comes close.

Clear leader in EV tech and products? Really. Are you new here? Maybe a leader in cranking out cheap crap that doesn’t last. Nothing personal but I’m not forgiving their history as a fluke.

Would love to see a PHEV Rouge

I prefer blue.

Only 4 in the next 5 years…. come on… It’s like all the big companies have made an agreement to hold back the EV as long as possible.