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And he echoed earlier comments by Nissan executives that for heavier electrified vehicles, the cost equation made far more sense with a smaller battery pack and some form of range extender.
He expected that electric cars would be competitive in total cost of ownership with internal-combustion vehicles within 10 years, though potentially purchase prices would still be higher.
Finally, Asami noted that the company was preparing for DC fast-charging at rates up to 150 kilowatts, though he questioned the practicality of higher rates for mass-market electric cars.
And he confirmed that the next Leaf would continue with an air-cooled battery pack, saying changes in cell chemistry had "significantly reduced" concerns over battery durability.
"I am not concerned any more" about the durability of electric-car batteries, he concluded.
Nissan provided airfare, lodging, and meals to enable High Gear Media to bring you this first-person report.