Nissan has revised its Ambition 2030 long-term vision it announced in November 2021, with more electrified vehicles planned.
The Japanese carmaker now plans to announce 27 new electrified models – comprising 19 new electric vehicles (EVs) and eight new hybrid models – across the Nissan and Infiniti brands by fiscal year 2030.
This is four more new EVs than the previous long-term roadmap.
As a result of these changes, the company plans to have an electrification mix of 55 per cent globally across the Nissan and Infiniti brands by 2030. This is up from the previously forecasted 50 per cent electrification mix.
In terms of specific markets, Nissan forecasts 98 per cent of the vehicles sold in Europe will be electrified by 2026. This is up from the forecasted 75 per cent sales mix of electrified vehicles from late 2021.
Forecast sales of electrified vehicles sold in Japan are up as well, with 58 per cent – instead of 55 per cent – expected by 2026.
Nissan hasn’t noted any changes to the 40 per cent EV-only sales mix in the US by 2030, whereas it shrunk its expectation of Chinese electrified vehicle sales to 35 per cent from 40 per cent by 2026.
At this stage the Japanese carmaker hasn’t detailed what these new electrified vehicles will be.
Nissan has confirmed it will launch an EV designed specifically for the Chinese market in 2024. It’s unclear what this will be just yet.
It has also said its “e-architecture” currently installed in the Ariya electric SUV will be available in more models in the coming years.
It’s worth noting the Ariya still hasn’t been locked in for an Australian launch just yet, but Nissan Australia recently introduced the X-Trail e-Power hybrid. A smaller Qashqai e-Power hybrid is set to follow sometime later this year.
As previously reported in November 2021, Nissan is spending 2 trillion yen (A$21.76 billion) on electrification over five years.
The company revealed four concept cars to demonstrate what’s in its electric future, including the Chill-Out crossover, Surf-Out ute, Hang-Out people mover, and Max-Out convertible.
The latter of these concepts was recently revealed in physical form.
Nissan said its new proprietary all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) will be produced at a pilot plant in Yokohama as early as fiscal year 2024 ahead of a market introduction in fiscal year 2028.
The company claimed these will reduce charge time to one-third and bring the cost of battery packs down to $75/kWh by fiscal year 2028 and down to $65/kWh thereafter.
At some unspecified time in the future, it expects to achieve cost parity between EVs and petrol vehicles.