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Ghosn: Renault-Nissan Will Have Capacity for 500,000 EVs Per Year

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday during a FY 2009 financial results presentation in Yokohama that when the Nissan LEAF goes on sale this year—as the first of the eight all-electric models to launch—the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be the first to mass-market affordable zero-emission vehicles, backed by battery capacity of 500,000 units.

No other automaker will be producing electric batteries or cars at such a scale. And customers are ready. To date, 130,000 consumers in the US have registered their interest in buying a Nissan LEAF. With sales starting this December, 13,000 pre-orders have been submitted in just over one month in the US and Japan, largely driven by individual customer demand. This amount already surpasses our available production capacity for fiscal year 2010.

—Carlos Ghosn

Another focus has been on very affordable transportation. Nissan is planning a lineup of global compact cars based on the new V-platform, which will represent 1 million unit sales at full launch, Ghosn said.

Nissan will be able to produce more than 1 million cars a year in China in 2012, based on two shifts at its Huadu, Xiangfang and Zhengzhou plants, and will expand its capacity further in line with market growth. Its intention is to grow market share from 6% today to 10% as soon as possible, Ghosn said.

The Alliance plant in Chennai, India, has started production with a 200,000-unit capacity and plans to increase to 400,000 units at full ramp-up in order to supply the Indian market and to export to more than 100 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It is also partnering with Ashok Leyland to start LCV production and with Bajaj for an Alliance ultra-low-cost car.


Will S

Will they become the Prius of the EV market? Such a production capacity will certainly give them the edge.


Other highlights from this talk by Ghosn:

Shooting for $500 home chargers - around $800 is already do-able.
Fast chargers - aiming for$2-3k, $8k already in sight
Subsidies - Government subsidy not needed after production has ramped to 500,000 cars/yr
Many European cities tell him that once ZEV cars are on the road they are going to ban non-ZEV vehicles in many districts.

Battery life - 8-9 years in car, 15-20 years (additional? - I would guess so by typical depletion curves) life after to smooth peak load.

Fuel Cell Vehicles - 10 years or so away

Four electric vehicles are due from Nissan, and four from Renault.


Renault-Nissan is certain using an aggressive pro-active approach to EV manufacturing and worldwide marketing. Strong manufacturing bases in China and India will give R-N an edge with lower cost EVs and batteries.

With 8+ models coming out soon, R-N worldwide EV sales will hit 1 million/year sooner than many expect. BY 2015, when batteries performance is at 2x current level and price is down to 1/2 current, EVs will compete with most ICE units on the market place. Interesting decade.

Henry Gibson

Chargers only need to be upgraded desktop computer power supply designs and can be produced at similar low costs. Even cheaper chargers can be used if the battery voltage is designed to somewhat match the standard lightbulb voltage. That type of charger would have all the complexity of a dimmer switch.

Since EV car producers are ignoring the clear superiority of plug-in-hybrid vehicles in operation and in public acceptance, dealers should arrange for a complementary portable generator charger to be built in massive quantities and at low cost, about $30, in China to be placed in the boot of such vehicles. A few minutes of charging will get the car to the nearest restaurant for dinner where it can charge enough on the outlets provided for customers for the few miles home. Electricity costs about 3 cents a mile. ..HG..


Sometimes someone has to break out of the pack to end the deadlock. This looks like it. You make the commitment and you do the job and let the market vote with their dollars. I wish them all the best in this effort.


SJC nailed it. Is another 10's of thousands of barrels a day leak needed for private commitment?



The car industry's reluctance to use very low cost mini on-board genset to allow EV owners to get to the closest charge station or to their home charger is difficult to understand or accept. It seems to be the cheapest way to get more range between charges with a smaller, less powerful battery. Suzuki will do it soon. May be more will follow.

Eventually, when batteries performance is 2x to 4x current level and prices are down to 1/4 current level, most BEVs will not need range extenders. That seems to be Renault-Nissan approach. Nevertheless, PHEVs with mini genset have a reason to be for the next 10 years or so, specially for larger vehicles and small delivery trucks.


There is tremendous costs and engineering that goes into a Range Extended EV. You can't just throw a little gas motor in the boot and viola.

GM is taking that approach. It will work. It will be a great gap filler for people who drive a lot of miles each day... or for frightened people who THINK they drive too many miles.

But the Chevy Volt will be more expensive than the Nissan Leaf. Even after people have said than batteries are too expensive. Cutting the battery in half then adding an engine is still more expensive.


"Cutting the battery in half then adding an engine is still more expensive."

Not really when you look at range and utility. I want a car that can go 300 miles and be refilled/recharged in 10 minutes. The Leaf does not do that but the Volt does. They used twice as many batteries as necessary in the Volt because Lutz said it HAS to be 40 miles. No one elected him the "great decider" and in this case he was and IS wrong.

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