Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that it is time the US to move away from gasoline-powered vehicles and focus on alternative vehicles.

“This cannot continue. There are a lot of technologies available, ” said Carlos Ghosn at the Wall Street Journal CEO forum.

He also bet more than $5.6 billion on EVs and noted that transportation accounts for more than 70% of the oil use worldwide. Carlos Ghosn called for more public-private partnerships and tax incetives to boost alternative technologies, as the US needs a coordinated energy policy between local, federal, and state governments.

Ghosn did not mention if Nissan will be able to meet its target of selling 20,000 all-electric Nissan Leafs by the end of this year, which would be twice its sales last year. During the first ten months of the year Nissan sold 6,791 Leaf EVs, but sales increased in October 86% to 1,579 units. Ghosn said he aims to sell 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2015.

“We feel very comfortable in the potential for at least 500,000 cars a year,” Ghosn said. “No matter what, the United States is going to have to embrace electric cars in a way that is more sustainable. Japan is already doing it.”


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