Hot on the heels of General Motors announcing its desire for only electric vehicles by 2030, Nissan has also announced its commitment to electrification and carbon neutrality by 2050. This means by the early 2030s, every Nissan will be electrified in some form. The company also aims to change its manufacturing processes to make it sustainable.
“We’re determined to help create a carbon-neutral society and accelerate the global effort against climate change,” said Makoto Uchida, CEO of Nissan. “Our offering in electrified vehicles will continue to expand around the world, and this will make a major contribution to Nissan becoming carbon neutral. We will continue to drive innovation that enriches people’s lives as we pursue a sustainable future for all.”
To reach the goal of offering a completely electrified lineup by the early 2030s, Nissan is investing in several technologies. The first is the solid-state battery, which will further improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of battery-electric vehicles. Nissan is expected to introduce its solid-state battery in 2025. Second, the company will further develop its e-Power hybrid system, which should find its way to more vehicles across the globe. A new version of this powertrain that uses a 1.5-liter variable compression ratio turbocharged three-cylinder as a generator will debut in Europe later this year on the next-generation Nissan Qashqai.
As part of its goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, Nissan will also help develop a charging ecosystem that gets its power from renewable sources. Nissan plans to collaborate with other companies in the energy industry to decarbonize power grids. Manufacturing processes will also change via Nissan’s Intelligent Factory initiative, which aims to support higher productivity and improved material and energy efficiencies as part of the long-term carbon neutrality goals.
Nissan’s strategy toward zero emissions goes beyond electrifying its vehicle lineup as it anticipates its most important markets switching to hybrids and EVs. The automaker aims to change its manufacturing practices and work with suppliers, local authorities, and energy companies to ensure that everything from building to charging is also sustainable.