Nissan Motor and Robert Bosch GmbH are in talks to form a comprehensive alliance in hybrid systems and parts, according to a report in Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo newspaper.
Bosch is developing a range of hybrid drive systems, from micro to full. At a press briefing in June, Bosch management noted that the company has contracts for both diesel- and gasoline-electric hybrid components. (Earlier post.)
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has in the past been skeptical about the business prospects for hybrids. The Nissan Altima hybrid on limited sale in the US is based on Toyota’s hybrid technology. Nissan is ending that relationship, and says it will produce future hybrids using its own technology. (Earlier post.)
At the 2007 North American International Auto Show, Nissan introduced an advanced hybrid design study, the Nissan Bevel Concept. A Bevel would feature a small, efficient 2.5-liter V6 combined with a hybrid drive unit. (Earlier post.)