Nissan's Electric Future
It’s no secret that the auto industry is desperately looking for alternatives to the combustion engine and zero emission electric cars are winning the race. However Nissan CEO, Hirota Saikawa tells us at the launch of the new Leaf, that it’s happening fast and very soon there will be no room for the old petrol engine at all.
The novelty surrounding electric cars will soon wear off as they become the mainstream form of transport before the end of the next decade.
That’s the opinion of Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Hirota Saikawa who was speaking at the global launch of the second generation, zero emission and fully electric Nissan Leaf in Japan.
Saikawa-san said that at some point during the next decade, electric cars will not only be readily accepted as mainstream daily transport, but unlike most industry commentators who claim they will run in parallel with regular Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars, these zero emission vehicles will actually replace them sooner than we might want to think.
We believe that the future of Electric Vehicles (EV) will come sooner than later,” Saikawa-san said. [To be continued...]
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...]