Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Speaks To Media At 2015 Geneva Motor Show – Video

MAR 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 2

Current Zoe Engine - Bigger/Less Efficient

New R240 motor for Renault ZOE

Carlos Ghosn said at press conference at the Geneva Motor Show that the first features of autonomous driving in traffic jams will be implemented in some car models in 2016.

For highway autonomous driving (including lane changes) from the Renault–Nissan Alliance we will have to wait until 2018, while city driving is scheduled for implementation by 2020. Important is to note that driverless cars, capable of driving in any situation, will still not appear until 2025.

The second topic discussed by Ghosmn was range of electric cars. Ghosn expects gradual improvements. Renault recently unveiled a new electric motor (R240) with integrated controller and charging system, which should increase the efficiency and range of ZOE by nearly 15% to 240 km in NEDC. We fear that maybe this could indicate that the new Nissan LEAF will go up to some 100 miles EPA instead of a longer jump to 150 miles.  However, we believe the next-gen LEAF will get fitted with a higher capacity battery too, so when coupled with a more efficient motor, range could easily break past 150 miles, maybe even more.

On the upcoming EV from Apple, Ghosn politely welcomes competition.

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This is not regarding the same issue in here but I do feel I need to get this off my chest. I’m currently a happy Nissan Owner have been since 2000 when my parents bought my first car, a Nissan Xterra. I currently own two Xterra’s as well as a 1997 Nissan hard body and a 2015 Versa SL. I’ve had several other makes and models and I’m not pleased to see a rumor of the Xterra being discontinue this year, if such thing does happen I will no longer have a Nissan house hold. Why? In my future plans is to get a redesign Xterra since it hasn’t change much since my 2011 Xterra.

Gradual improvement in 15% jumps is good for me, 15% from motor, plus 15% from higher density batteries. 24 kWh gets you 90 miles so 28 kWh plus 15% range improvement would give you 120 miles. That would be ok by me if the cost stays the same or drops. A sub $30k leaf that can do 120 miles on a charge is as important as a sub $40k tesla/GM 200 mile bev. Yes I want a $20k 200 mile bev now but I’d rather have something that they can produce in the 100k+ Units a year that was pretty average than an all singing all dancing concept car or a car that can only be found in CA.