Nissan Will Manufacture EV Under China Brand by 2015 image

Nissan and its JV partner Dongfeng Motor Group will begin manufacturing the Venucia e30 EV in China by 2015.

The Venucia e30 will be the automaker’s first electric car to be built with its Chinese partner and Nissan also announced its plans to start pilot projects in 15 Chinese cities to promote this new model beginning next year. Currently, Nissan is promoting the electric car Leaf in Wuhan city, located in central China and Guangzhou in the south.

Until now Nissan has launched two models under the Venucia brand, the R50 and the D50, to make appeal to China’s lower-end of the market. Last week Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said he isn’t giving up plans to reach strong sales number for the electric vehicles in global markets. October was the strongest month so far this year for EV and plug-in vehicle sales.

Last month Nissan also hit the best month this year selling 1,579 Leafs, an increase of 86% compared with the same period last year, the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt sold 2,961 vehicles, while during the Jan-Oct period GM sold 19,309 Volts, up 286%. For the Jan-Oct period Nissan sold 6,791 Leafs, down 15.6%.