Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV), a joint venture between the Chinese and Japanese automakers, has launched its first pure electric vehicle, the Venucia e30. The new EV will initially go on sale in nine Chinese cities, and is expected to be available nationwide in 2015. Starting price is RMB 267,800 ($43,705).
The e30 boasts energy consumption of 14.6 kWh/100 km, and offers a DC fast charging option. A pilot program with some 300 vehicles logged over three million miles in three cities.
“With Nissan’s advanced technology, sales experience and know-how of electric vehicles, the Venucia e30 has been locally developed through our careful studies about market situations and consumer needs in China,” said DFL President Jun Seki. “I am looking forward to seeing the Venucia e30 lead China’s electric-vehicle market into the future and also to more development of new energy vehicles and the wide adoption of electric vehicles in China.”
Like other new energy vehicles, the e30 is eligible for a generous package of government subsidies.
“With the support from the local governments, local authorities, utility networks and many other stakeholders, we are poised to promote the use of electric vehicles across China for a more sustainable society,” said DFL-PV Managing Director Susumu Uchikoshi. “We believe that e30 will be the choice of many Chinese consumers.”