Nissan Motor has taken a draw back from gasoline hybrids having its Note e-Power model, which is expected by automaker to act as a gateway for drivers who will later switch to all-electric cars. This move will also reduce Nissan’s costs.
Nissan’s Leaf, all-electric car launched in 2010 and is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle (EV), but it failed to reach the initial sales targets. So far, over 250,000 Leaf cars have been sold globally. As drivers are moving towards electric cars, Nissan decided to help them by reducing costs and also ensured to stay away the from the competition in cheaper electric cars development. The new “near electric hybrid Note e-Power shares some of its elements with Leaf.
When Nissan launched Leaf, Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan has decided to move off from gasoline-hybrid technology whereas concentrating on development of battery-powered cars with zero emissions. And this has led to set them behind its competitor Toyota Motor, which sold over 9 million hybrids, a segment between gasoline-powered cars and EVs. This achievement is since it released the Prius in 1997.
Hideyuki Sakamoto, the executive vice president of Nissan, discussed with the Reuters, and he told that they cannot avoid the fact that EV’s remain expensive when compared with conventional gasoline vehicles, while there is an existing assumption that EVs are not suited for travelling long distances. Nissan says affordability is the key to draw drivers and customers, which ultimately upgrades them to totally electrified vehicles.