Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Discusses Electric Car Range, Charging Infrastructure & More – Video

OCT 6 2015 BY MARK KANE 24

2016 Nissan LEAF & CHAdeMO fast charger

2016 Nissan LEAF & CHAdeMO fast charger

In a recent interview, Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn was asked about dieselgate (no comment) and EVs.

*Watch full interview here.

On the EV side, Ghosn assures us that Nissan/Renault will increase the range of electric cars in a step-by-step process, and looking at the new 2016 Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE R240, we do see range improvements.

Range will be increased, but there needs to be a second part of the equation in the form of robust charging infrastructure, according to Ghosn.

Despite oil-prices being low, and no one can predict oil-prices, Ghosn remains undisturbed because zero emission cars are the solution to comply with stricter emission regulations.

Asked about the Apple autonomous EVs, Ghosn welcomes new players but warns that companies not only must develop and introduce new technologies (autonomous cars, connectivity, zero emission), but also marry current technologies.

“Amid the Volkswagen emissions scandal, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said, auto manufacturers must improve communications over product issues to build trust. Fred Katayama reports.”

Watch the full video interview from Reuters here.

Reuters via HybridCars

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24 Comments on "Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Discusses Electric Car Range, Charging Infrastructure & More – Video"

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The rate of quick charger construction has been hit or miss and fairly horrible in that a lot of new territories have not been opened up to cars outside of Tesla.

At least Ghosn recognizes it as a critical aspect of EV adoption regardless of their range and has taken steps to proliferate such infrastructure as imperfect as it currently is. Commitment to charging infrastructure is commitment to EVs and a good measure of that for each automaker.

Commiserating about the future of evs he describes Tesla’s offerings, and their company to a T. Interview from September 26th.

Great. He understands that a charging infrastructure is necessary to the success of EVs, but is apparently unwilling to do much about it. What is stopping Nissan for developing a network of fast chargers along the interstate highway system ala Tesla? Nothing, so far as I can see.

For about $20 million Nissan could install 400 quick chargers along the U.S. Interstate system. This would be a game changer. Yet, they do. . . .pretty much nothing.

Well, Nissan might have to upgrade from Chademo at some point. 50KW is not gonna cut it long term.

Nissan should do like Tesla- charge for access to a logically placed and well maintained network at point of sale.

I don’t know know why more auto companies don’t do this. Maybe now that there will be more 200+ mile EVs they will.

Because they want someone else to do it.

And they may be afraid that the standard they are now using will soon be obsolete.

The SAE CCS should stick around for some time IMO. Until now though, there haven’t been batteries big enough to really take advantage of a 130kW (or more) DCFC. Of course this isn’t counting Tesla. I’d love to see a combined effort from the SAE car companies, on a nationwide 130kW charging network, for long distance travel. Local travel won’t be too much of a concern with 200+ mile ranges. And that can probably be left up to others, as you say, with L2 charging.

Agreed. 130 kw should be considered the minimum. Just bite the bullet and do it but I don’t think we will see any legacy car makers doing it.

Gas stations should step up and install chargers. Simple as that.

Chargers aren’t profitable–especially for gas stations.

I think they would be profitable because you have a captive customer that will spend money on snacks, drinks,alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets etc..

Big oil would not approve EV charging at gasoline stations.

Already have in ùk

Who wants to spend an hour at a gas station?

Chargers need to be at bars and restaurants, where you will be spending that kind of time.

He is diverting the conversation away from the real problem and the key to EV adoption; the development of a high-density, lighter-weight, low-cost battery. Fast charging would be nice; but, a reasonable battery range car of about 200 miles running at 65 mph would preclude the need for much of the fast charging. A goal Nissan has not achieved or doesn’t care to for some reason you and I will never know. Their Leaf is five years old without a significant increase in range…perhaps they really don’t want to sell them all that badly.

MY 2013 – MY 2104 has improved battery (heat/cold tolerant) and slighlty more range (2-5miles more).

MY 2016 availabe in October in US, January in EU offers 107 miles EPA instead of 84.

And MY 2018 will get the next range bump. Minimum to 45kWh usable. With a result of around 176 miles EPA range.

I would call this good process


Anyone who focuses solely on range and then accuses Nissan of “not wanting to improve the Leaf” is missing the bigger picture. Nissan has steadily improved the car. Let’s also remember that most automakers are on a 5-6 year model cycle. There is a lot of capital required to design a car and set up an assembly line. If they reinvented the wheel every 2 years, they would never become profitable. And above all, I want the Leaf to be profitable for Nissan. If it isn’t, it will never succeed.

More transparent like Nissan was with its fast degrading battery? That was certainly a big “trust builder”.

And yeah, Nissan doesn’t have the best battery tech and for financial reasons they can’t switch.


If Ghosn is a true believer, he needs to build charging infrastructure in Tesla’s shadow. Remember the ghosts in the cornfield?
Build it, and they will come.

Renault / Nissan do have one smart visionary boss.
So glad they know where the future truly is at and it is not in Hydrogen unless your a government sponsored energy provider.

Hydrogengate will be the new disaster after dieselgate. Just give it time, sit back & watch.

Nissan is one of the only legacy car makers that will survive the coming disruption. GM perhaps. All the others will end up like Kodak and land lines.