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Nissan to invest $ 17.6 billion in electric vehicle development over next five years – TechCrunch


Nissan will invest 2,000 billion yen ($ 17.6 billion) over the next five years to develop new electric vehicles and battery technology as part of a big plan it calls “Ambition 2030,” a announced the company. It aims to launch a total of 15 new electric vehicles by 2030, with electrified vehicles making up half of its vehicle lineup at this point.

The automaker said it will develop a total of 23 electrified vehicles over the next eight years, including 20 in the next five years alone. It targets a market mix of 75% electrified (EV and e-Power PHEV / hybrids) in Europe, 55% in Japan and 40% in the United States and China by 2030.

The other part of this mix would likely be internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. It should be noted that in early 2021, Nissan said it plans to electrify every brand new car it launches by the early 2030s. Presumably, then, any ICE vehicles still available would be legacy models.

Nissan will launch electric vehicles with fully solid state batteries (ASSB) by 2028 and prepare a pilot plant in Yokohama as early as 2024, he said. This technology promises benefits such as reduced charging times, but has Again arrive on the market as planned. The company also wants to reduce the cost of batteries to $ 75 per kWh by 2028, with a reduction to $ 65 per kWh later. This would be about half the cost of electric vehicle batteries last year, according to Bloomberg. By 2030, Nissan hopes to produce 130 GWh of batteries.

The company said it plans to expand its ProPilot driver assistance technology to more than 2.5 million Nissan and Infiniti vehicles by 2026. It will also integrate next-generation LIDAR systems “on virtually all of them. new models by fiscal year 2030 “.

Nissan to invest $ 17.6 billion in electric vehicle development over next five years – TechCrunch

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As part of Ambition 2030, Nissan also unveiled no less than four concept cars: the Chill-Out, Surf-Out, Hang-Out and Max-Out. Like most concepts, they are meant to give a taste of future Nissan technology, including autonomous driving, interior features and more distant designs. However, Nissan only showed footage of the Chill-Out as an actual vehicle, with renderings of the other three vehicles.

The Chill-Out (top and top) is a small crossover that could be a taste of the next-gen Leaf, which Nissan had previously confirmed would go from a hatch to a crossover-style body. It will use Ariya’s CMF-EV platform and e-4orce electric all-wheel drive system, and could arrive by 2025.

Nissan to invest $ 17.6 billion in electric vehicle development over next five years – TechCrunch

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The Surf-Out, meanwhile, is a small, single-cab electric pickup with a decent-sized bed and removable awning. It would come with a dual-motor AWD setup and a variety of power outputs, offering off-road performance, utility power, and extensive cargo space.

Nissan to invest $ 17.6 billion in electric vehicle development over next five years – TechCrunch

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Then there’s the Hang-Out, which is more like a small motorhome / SUV designed to “offer a new way to spend time on the go”. It has a completely flat floor and movable, theater-like seats providing “the comfort of your living room in a mobile space” – something we’ve seen with other recent EV concepts. It also offers e-4orce and advanced features of ProPilot.

Nissan to invest $ 17.6 billion in electric vehicle development over next five years – TechCrunch

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Finally, the Max-Out is a concept convertible sports car that offers “exceptional stability and comfort”. Body roll is limited to provide “dynamic cornering and steering response” to optimize handling and occupant comfort. It is supposed to be light with a very low center of gravity and also features an advanced e-4orce.

Nissan’s new plan comes as the company grapples with internal issues, including the arrest and flight of former CEO Carlos Ghosn. In the near term, the company plans to cut fixed costs by 300 billion yen ($ 2.65 billion) and cut production capacity by 20% as part of its “Nissan Next” plan unveiled last year. .

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.

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