Nissan Is Beating the Gun, Will Ditch Internal Combustion Engines Ahead of Deadline

The Nissan Concept 20-23 10 photos
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Nissan is trying to be one step ahead. The Japanese carmaker will ditch the internal combustion engines sooner than originally scheduled. It will be 2030 instead of 2035. The carmaker will not invest in ICEs for the European market anymore.
The new deadline is valid in Europe only, where the European Commission has set 2035 as the year in which carmakers will be banned from selling internal combustion engine-powered cars. "There is no going back to ICE," says CEO Makota Uchida.

Nissan made the announcement shortly after introducing the Nissan Micra concept car at the company’s European design studio in London. It is an all-electric small concept car which previews the upcoming production model.

The news comes right after the UK government pushed back the date to 2035, following the attempt to move it to 2030. Nissan head of Europe Guillaume Cartier confirmed that the automaker is not changing the deadline following the decision of the UK government.

To be able to keep their promise, Nissan will have to roll out all-electric new generations of the Juke, Qashqai, and X-Trail. The company will thus be ahead of all car brands forced to go from a 22% electric cars share in 2024 to an 80% share in 2030 and, eventually, a 100% share in 2035.

Every new car the Japanese brand will be launching in Europe will be electric from now on as the company will halt any investment in internal combustion engines. The Nissan lineup currently includes two electric models. The Leaf hatchback has been on the market since 2011 and is currently in its second generation.

It is available with two output versions: it is either the 148-horsepower (150-metric horsepower) and 236-lb (320 Nm) version or the one sporting 215 horsepower (218 PS). Customers can choose the 40 kWh lithium-ion battery or the 60 kWh pack.

Nissan Ariya
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The Ariya crossover rounds up the Nissan electric lineup. On the market since 2020, the Ariya can be ordered with either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive and battery packs of either 63 kWh or 87 kWh.

The most potent of the pack is the Ariya with 389 horsepower (394 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) in an all-wheel drive setup, for a run from 0 to 60 mph (0-97) in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (200 kph).

The 215-horsepower (218 PS) version, with an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, sits at the opposite end of the lineup as the entry-level version.

Nissan has just unveiled the bold-looking Concept 20-23, in the shape of a small hatch which previews the upcoming Nissan Micra, set to arrive in 2025.

The Japanese automaker is planning to launch 19 EVs worldwide before 2030.
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