Nissan Wants To Overtake Volkswagen In The Electric Race

At its Electric Futures event in Oslo, Norway, Nissan revealed the European-spec version of the Leaf with a 235-mile (378-kilometer) range, a new e-NV200 van with 174-mile (280-km) range, made a commitment to build 1,000 quick charging points across Europe over the next 18 months, and revealed its new 2018 range of quick chargers for home and office installation. The 22 kilowatt version will charge a Leaf to full capacity in just two hours.

Nissan Europe chairman Paul Willcox was keen to emphasize that Nissan got into the electric game early: “Every day I open up the papers and read about another manufacturer going electric, welcome to the party, we say.”

Willcox also had strong words for car makers that were pursuing electric vehicles as “a reaction to a reputational crisis.”

“Nissan kick started the electric vehicle revolution almost a decade ago and we’ve sold more EVs than any other manufacturer on the planet,” he said. “Put simply, we’ve been doing it longer than anyone else, we’ve sold more than anyone else, and we have a more exciting plan for the future than anyone else.”

 

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