CEO: Nissan Will Not Build a Dedicated Hybrid

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Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn

Nissan CEO Carols Ghosn has been aggressive in moving his company to market electric vehicles.  The Nissan LEAF has been unveiled, is soon to go on a US tour and will go on sale in selected markets late next year. The 100 mile range pure EV reportedly has a waitlist of 20,000 people.

Nissan has not yet developed its own dedicated hybrid and has been licensing Toyota's Synergy Drive parallel hybrid system for use in the Altima Hybrid.

According to Ghosn, Nissan has no plans to develop a standalone dedicated hybrid vehicle similar to, for example, the Toyota Prius.

“We are not intending to play a leadership role in hybrids,” Ghosn told Automotive News. “One company already assumed leadership in the technology. We want leadership on EVs.”

Source (Automotive News, sub req.)

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