Nissan announces aggressive electrified vehicle push

Nissan will produce a MILLION electrified cars annually by 2022

Nissan Motor has set a goal of raising annual global sales of electric vehicles sixfold to one million units by fiscal 2022, mostly cars powered by the Japanese automaker's proprietary hybrid system. Although a bit hit, the Leaf can not achieve that goal on its own, so Nissan presented on Friday plans to make the company the single largest player in the emerging market segment. Part of the company's M.O.V.E.to 2022 midterm plan, the initiative also calls for the ramp up of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Enhancing connectivity and mobility servicesRedzic announced an objective to offer connectivity for 100 percent of new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets, enabled by the launch of the Alliance Connected Cloud.

Nissan's electrification plans also extend to its Infiniti luxury division. The first of those new products will be an all-electric C-segment SUV that will be sold in China later this year.

Two further electric vehicle derivatives are also being prepared for the Venucia brand.

Nissan's target is that 40 per cent of total sales in Japan should be of electrified vehicles, by 2022 and the same figure is expected to touch 50 per cent by 2025.

While it may appear to be an aggressive plan for an automaker that makes about 5 million vehicles per year, Nissan doesn't mean "all-electric vehicles" by employing the term "electrified".

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Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution. "Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services".

Nissan also plans to introduce a mini electric auto in Japan and a crossover electric vehicle inspired by the Nissan IMx Concept that will be sold globally.

The company is already offering its Nissan Note and Nissan Serena with the e-Power hybrid technology. In the USA, the expectation is about 20% to 30% by 2025, while in China it's 35% to 40%.

Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the US, the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle.

The auto maker is also planning to equip 20 of its models, mostly in developed markets, with automated driving functions including self-driving capabilities on city roads by 2022. A pilot program for that will begin in Japan within twelve months. They plan to offer the service beginning in Japan in the early 2020s.

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