Carlos Ghosn said Nissan and Renault might not reach their target of selling 1.5 million EVs by 2016.
Since 2010, when the Leaf made its debut, Nissan sold 62,000 units of the electric vehicle, while Renault has sold 24,688 units of its four EV models, including 9,911 Twizys, 8,760 Kangoos, 3,487 Fluences and 2,540 Zoes. Combined EV sales of the two automakers are far behind of Ghosn’s forecast made in 2011, that of selling 1.5 EVs until the fiscal year ending March 2017.
Ghosn said the companies will reach the goal but maybe not on the original timetable: “I maintain the 1.5 million. It’s going to be difficult to reach in 2016, but without any doubt it’s still on the radar screen.”
To boost electric vehicle sales Nissan plans to introduce three new models until 2016, including the NV200 van electric version. Two months ago the automaker also began producing the Leaf for Europe at its Sunderland plant, England. The company has made 100 changes to the Leaf to fit the European customers’ requests. The European model has a 199km (124 miles) range and the suspension has been modified to make the driving dynamics according to the ‘European tastes.’