Nissan Plots Compact EV Smaller Than Leaf


Nissan, like so many other automakers, is planning to bolster its all-electric vehicle lineup. 

According to Auto Express, the Japanese brand is planning a compact electric vehicle based on the Renault Zoe, a small electric vehicle that can currently run about 90 miles on a single charge. A Nissan executive also said that electrified SUVs and crossovers are being investigated.

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“We’ve invested $5.4bn (£4.1bn) in electric cars such as the Leaf, so we need to ensure we’re satisfying as many types of customer as possible,” said the head of Nissan’s EV program in Europe. “In Europe, that could mean looking towards B-segment hatches [Ford Fiesta size] and SUVs or crossovers.”

The Nissan Leaf will be continued into a next generation and will likely keep its five-door hatchback style and proportions. Exactly what the crossover could be is a mystery, though if a small electric subcompact arrives from Nissan, it will likely be based on the Zoe.

[Source: Auto Express]

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