Nissan Motor Co. has started development of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), according to Vice President Mitsuhiko Yamashita. The release date remains to be determined.
In a presentation describing Nissan’s work with its next-generation lithium-ion batteries at the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference earlier this year, Toshio Hirota noted that Nissan sees PHEVs as a potential mechanism to reduce CO2 output in the shorter term, but that it had concerns including battery cost, market demand, and the CO2 intensity of electricity. (Earlier post.)
In May, Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said that the company will introduce an all-electric vehicle in the US and Japan in 2010 and then mass-market vehicles to consumers globally in 2012. (Earlier post.)
In 2007, Nissan, NEC and NEC TOKIN Corporation established a joint venture—Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC)—to develop and market lithium-ion batteries for wide-scale automotive applications including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles.