Nissan Motor Co. is determined to seek its fortunes in the electric market, and despite speculation that its ambitions are not as flamboyant as in the past, the Japanese automaker announced it would further expand its EV product line to 5 models.
Before this announcement, there were only three full electric models on the roster – the well-known Leaf, a new luxury Infiniti sedan version of the Leaf and an electric version of its recently launched compact cargo van, the NV200.
Although in a new statement the company has revised its electric plicy and will now build 5 models, they haven’t offered any additional detail – we don’t know which are the other two models and we also have no timetable for their apparition.
“We haven’t announced what models they will be, but we have plans for five,” Carla Bailo, senior vice president for R&D at Nissan Americas, told reporters at a product preview. “The others will come in due time.”
Bailo said future Nissan-brand EVs will use inductive charging — an emerging advanced technology for recharging the batteries of electric cars wirelessly. Inductive chargers enable an EV owner to park on top of a charging mat to recharge a battery without hooking up a connector. Yet again, no additional details on when and how this technology will take fruition – “Once that technology is ready, we will use it across our brands,” she said after her presentation. Still, we know that previously, Nissan said inductive charging was critical to differentiate the luxury EV planned for the Infiniti brand.