It’s the end of an era as Nissan has announced every new model introduced in Europe will be “100% electric from now.” As a result, the ICE age is coming to a close and the automaker expects their entire European lineup will be fully electric by 2030.
While the company alluded to the UK’s indecisiveness, Nissan said they’re “pressing ahead” as “many countries [are] debating when to ban sales of internal combustion engines.” In effect, it’s a question of when and not if.
Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida called EVs the “ultimate mobility solution” and noted “more than a million customers have already joined our journey and experienced the fun of a Nissan electric vehicle.” He went on to say “there is no turning back now” and “Nissan will make the switch to full electric by 2030 in Europe.” Uchida added the company believes this “is the right thing to do for our business, our customers, and for the planet.”
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Nissan didn’t say much about their upcoming lineup, but noted they’ll introduce 19 EVs globally by 2030. At least two of them will be offered in Europe as the automaker has already confirmed plans for a Micra successor and another model that will be built at the company’s Sunderland plant.
That’s only part of the electric push as the automaker is also looking to go cobalt-free. This is expected to bring down the cost of batteries by 65% by the 2028 fiscal year.
Around that same time, the automaker intends to launch an electric vehicle with a solid-state battery. Nissan sees them as a game changer as they’ll reduce recharging times to “one-third” of what they are now. The company also said the technology should “bring the cost of battery packs down to $75 per kWh by fiscal year 2028 and … bring it further down to $65 per kWh to achieve cost parity between EV and gasoline vehicles in the future.”