Nissan to invest $9.5bn in China to boost electric vehicles

Jun Seki, head of Nissan’s China business, announces the automaker’s medium-term business plan in China with its local partner Dongfeng Group on Feb. 5.

Joint venture aims for 30% of auto sales to be electrics by 2022

BEIJING — Nissan Motor on Monday said it will invest 60 billion yuan ($9.52 billion) in China through a joint venture as part of a plan to introduce over 20 electric car models into the world’s largest market by 2022.

The Japanese automaker eventually aims to boost total Chinese volume sales — including gasoline-powered models — by 70% from 2017 levels, to 2.6 million vehicles. Nissan’s announcement follows similar efforts in China by Toyota Motor and Honda Motor.

The plan was announced in Beijing by Dongfeng Motor Co., a joint venture with China’s state-owned Dongfeng Motor Group, as part of its medium-term business plan.

The goal is to introduce a total of over 40 models, half of which will be electric vehicles that include those driven by Nissan’s “e-power” power train, which uses a gasoline engine to generate electricity for the drive motor. By 2019, a total of six models will be introduced under the brands of Nissan, Dongfeng Motor’s Venucia and Dongfeng Motor Group.

The joint venture aims to raise the ratio of electric vehicles in its lineup to 30% by 2022.

The ratio of electric vehicles under the Infiniti luxury brand will be increased to 25% by 2025 and 100% by 2025.

The investment will be for manufacturing, research and development, and environmental measures, with a focus on electric vehicles.

The new cars will have upgraded safety features that employ cameras, sensors and information technology.

Author: SHUNSUKE TABETA, Nikkei staff writer
Date: February 5, 2018 1:33 pm JST
Source:asia.nikkei.com

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