Nissan has become the latest automaker to announce a regional phase-out of gas-only cars (Honda recently announced it would sell only hybrids and EVs in Europe after 2022). Now Nissan says all models sold in China will be either electric or hybrid by 2025.
The Japanese automaker will introduce nine electrified (EV or hybrid) models in China by that date. The first of these will be a vehicle equipped with its hybrid e-Power system, to be launched next year. Over the next three years, 4 or 5 more e-Power models will appear, including the Sylphy sedan. Nissan has already announced the launch of the new Ariya EV for next year.
Nissan is expanding production capacity in China—new plants in Changzhou and Wuhan will come online during the next two years, increasing production capacity by 30% to 2 million units.
Nissan’s announcements are seen as a response to Beijing’s newly revised auto industry policy. The latest word is that, by 2035, all new vehicles must be “fuel-efficient”—half of vehicles sold will be zero-emission vehicles and the other half hybrids.
According to Nikkei, it’s expected to take some 10 years for the auto industry to start realizing profits on pure EVs. By promoting hybrids, the Chinese government hopes to be able to reduce emissions while allowing automakers to earn decent profit margins.
Source: Nikkei Asia