Nissan, second-largest automaker behind Toyota, plans to sell 1.5 million electric vehicles worldwide by 2016, the company announced this week. They have decided to focus on green vehicles because the demand is increasingly growing.
Nissan says it wants to become the world’s largest player in so-called “zero-emission vehicles,” and their plans include developing a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, developed in collaboration with Daimler.
Currently, Nissan has sold 15,000 Leaf electric cars, the only model it produces, and now it wants to hit the market with other seven green models.
“More consumers are demanding products in line with their values, including cars and trucks with a lower carbon footprint. At the same time, we are using technology to make our factories greener and more efficient,” said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.
In addition to the target of 1.5 million electric cars, Nissan also said it plans an average 35 percent improvement in fuel economy for vehicles sold in China, Japan, the United States and Europe.