By 2020 to 2025, the major portfolio which all the carmakers are going to follow will be EV, but it’s not going to be in addition, rather as a substitute. The majority of their fleet will be electrified.

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Nissan Leaf


With the advent of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf hitting the market, purists have tried to console themselves with the fact petrol cars will still be around for a long time. Nissan’s CEO Hirota Saikawa on the other hand, has other ideas.


While attending the global launch for the second generation zero emission Nissan Leaf electric car, we sat down with CEO Hirota Saikawa who gave us a few home truths about what we’ll be driving in the very near future


There’s quite a few parts of the world that have never heard of the all-electric Nissan Leaf as it was sold in select areas of Europe and Asia only, however the second generation plans to change that – and our perceptions of electric cars – by being exported to as many markets as possible in an attempt to triple sales.


Despite the brave forecast, Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Hirota Saikawa says it’s the thin end of the wedge for electric car sales, but also the beginning of the end for internal combustion engine cars as well.


“By 2020 to 2025, the major portfolio which all the carmakers are going to follow will be EV, but it’s not going to be in addition, rather as a substitute of their existing portfolio. The majority of their fleet will be electrified and this is the way the evolution is going to take place,” he said. [To be continued...]


 

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