Nissan Motor Co. Ltd says it aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles by 2022, equip 20 models in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology and reach 100 per cent connectivity for all new cars sold in key markets. Nissan photo.
Nissan says it will “launch an electric car offensive in China”
Nissan says it hopes to launch a number of electric vehicles, expand and evolve its autonomous driving systems and accelerate vehicle connectivity in under five years.
The company, as part of the Nissan-Renault alliance, is the world’s largest automaker and it aims to produce 1 million electrified vehicles annually by 2022. According to a press release, Nissan expects that electrified vehicles will make up 40 per cent of the company’s sales in Japan and Europe by 2022 and 50 per cent by 2025.
Philippe Klein, chief planning officer with the automaker says “Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution.”
In its Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan, the company says will also develop eight new pure EVs, launch an electric car offensive in China, introduce an electric “kei” mini-vehicle in Japan and offer a global crossover EV similar to the IMx Concept.
As well, Nissan says it will electrify new Infiniti models, equip 20 cars in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology and reach 100 per cent connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets.
“Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services,” said Klein.
As well, Klein reaffirmed that the midterm plan forecasts a boost of annualized revenue by 30 per cent to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal year 2022. The company is also targeting an 8 per cent core operating profit margin cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 million yen.
According to Klein, Nissan will leverage the platform and powertrain assets of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to support the ambitious goals.
In China, Nissan plans to launch a new C-segment EV, or third smallest segment in the European market, this year which is derived from the Nissan LEAF technology. The affordable EV produced through the Alliance joint venture dGT New Energy Automotive will be developed on an A-segment, or mini car, SUV platform.
The company will also produce two more EV models under the Venucia brand.
Under the Infiniti brand, Nissan expects to electrified vehicles to comprise 50 per cent of global sales by 2025.
As part of its strategy for autonomous driving systems, Nissan announced plans to deploy ProPILOT technology in 20 models in 20 markets by 2022. The company expects to sell 1 million ProPILOT-equipped vehicles a year by 2022.
Senior vice president Takao Asami said, “Based on Nissan’s history of providing world-first safety technologies, we continue to evolve autonomous technology towards hands-free, eyes-off convenience in all environments.” He added “already we have more vehicles on the road with semi-autonomous capabilities than any other automaker, and we continue to learn from this experience to bring benefits to customers.”
Ogi Redzic, senior vice president says the company plans to offer connectivity for 100 per cent of new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets under the Alliance Connected Cloud.
“The Alliance Connected Cloud will allow for all of the Alliance companies to integrate the data management of future, current and past connected vehicles – new models and those already on the road,” said Redzic. “It will support infotainment services, as well as a single communication mechanism to facilitate updates over the air for all vehicles.”
The Alliance Connected Cloud provides a foundation to enable the expansion of connected and mobility services for Nissan, including robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.
Nissan tested its first robo-vehicle ride-hailing service called “Easy Ride” with partner DeNA earlier this month. By the early 2020s, Nissan aims to provide commercial services directly to customers.