Nissan goes into the fast lane with new electric strategy

Nissan goes into the fast lane with new electric strategy

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Nissan has presented a five-year plan called “Ambition 2030” for the transition to electric mobility. In this context, the Renault partner plans to invest 2 trillion yen (about €15 billion) to develop new electric-powered vehicle models as well as cobalt-free lithium-ion batteries. From 2028, the company plans to launch a new technology generation of its traction batteries: solid-state batteries with twice the energy density of today’s batteries. “With Ambition 2030, we will pioneer the new era of electrification, further develop technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and open up new business opportunities,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida.

At the heart of Ambition 2030 is the electrification of vehicles and the improvement of charging infrastructure and energy management. By 2030, Nissan plans to introduce a total of 23 new electrified powered vehicle models, including 15 pure electric cars. The electrified cars are expected to account for more than 50% of global sales of Nissan and its posh Infinity brand. For Europe, the Japanese carmaker has even more ambitious plans – here, electrified models are expected to account for more than 75% of sales, and in a shorter time frame, namely by 2026.

A central aspect of this strategy is the further development of traction batteries. The company aims to introduce cobalt-free battery technology by 2028, which should then enable a 65% cost reduction compared to current lithium-ion batteries. By then, Nissan electric vehicles will also be rolling onto the market with new all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) developed in-house. A pilot plant for this purpose will be built near the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, by the 2024 financial year. ASSBs improve performance and range and shorten charging time by one third, which should further increase the attractiveness of electric vehicles and make them feasible in all vehicle segments. Nissan also expects ASSB to reduce the cost of battery packs to US$75 (about €67) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by fiscal 2028. In the long term, the company is even aiming for a reduction to $65 (around €58) per kWh. In this way, the manufacturer wants to achieve cost parity between electric vehicles and petrol cars in the future.

Nissan also plans to improve the battery situation on the demand side. In order to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, the company intends to establish a global battery delivery system. In cooperation with initially unnamed partners, global battery production capacity is to be expanded initially to 52 GWh by the 2026 financial year, rising to 130 GWh within four more years.

Another important topic of Ambition 2030 is advanced driver assistance systems and intelligent technologies to increase safety and comfort when driving. These include the “ProPilot” project, which enables partially automated driving, and a new generation of lidar sensors. The latter are to be integrated in all model series by 2030.

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