Agence France-Presse has reported that Nissan will introduce an electric vehicle into the US market in 2010, followed by an expansion into additional markets in 2012. European EVs would be marketed under the Renault marque, with Nissan then focusing on Japan and China.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans in informal remarks to journalists at the Geneva Auto Show. In recent years, Nissan has introduced two electric concept cars: the Pivo in 2005 (earlier post) and the Pivo 2 in 2007 (earlier post). In late 2006, Renault announced its intent to bring an electric vehicle to market by 2010 (earlier post), and Nissan pledged to do the same within three years (earlier post).
Ghosn cited California’s CO2 regulations for passenger vehicles as a driver of the decision.