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History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:55 pm
by evnow
Here is the time line.

2006 : Ghosn overruled Nissan’s researchers and approved high-volume EV manufacturing (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... EVrzt2t.8o)

January 2007 : Shimon Peres, Ghosn, Shai Agassi agree to build an EV infrastructure (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... EVrzt2t.8o)

August 29, 2007 : Nissan announcing Mixim all-electric concept for the Frankfurt autoshow, announces that an EV for electric SuperMotor technology could launch at the end of the decade in Japan

Mar 19, 2008 : Nissan Denki Cube EV concept unvieled at NewYork auto show

April 29, 2008 : Ghosn says real portfolio of electrics in Nissan and Renault starting with an EV in the Us in 2010 (http://www.businessweek.com/print/lifes ... 081929.htm)

Mar 18, 2009 : NissanEV starts tweeting

Aug 1, 2009 : Nissan Leaf unvieled in Japan

Mar 30, 2010 : Nissan Leaf price announced in Japan

Apr 1, 2010 : Nissan Leaf price announced in US, starts taking pre-orders in Japan

Apr 20, 2010 : Nissan Leaf pre-ordering starts in US for registrants

May 15, 2010 : Nissan Leaf pre-ordering starts in US for everyone

Aug 31, 2010 : Nissan Leaf ordering starts in US for people with August ordering dates

Dec-11, 2010 : First Nissan Leaf delivered in the US

Jan-20, 2014 : 100,000th Leaf sold globally

Re: Blast from the past : Nissan EV plans from 2008

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:29 pm
by evnow
I was checking out what Nissan was saying in the past - to see how plans have changed over the last couple of years.

The earliest reference I find is 3-10-2008.

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20080310/FREE/833121356

Nissan is moving full speed ahead with plans to introduce a pure electric car in 2010 for fleet customers in Japan and the United States.
...

"The first production vehicles will be for regional areas like California," said Masahiko Tabe, Nissan's manager of advanced vehicle engineering. "We will later expand the EV all over the world."
...

The production vehicle will have a daily range of 100 miles, with an estimated top speed of 75 mph. A complete recharge will take about eight hours.

The lithium ion battery pack will have 24 cells, each with four batteries.


The next one is in July-2008, when Nissan moved its US HQ from California to Nashville,TN.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/08 ... 0-car_news

Nissan will put a pure EV on the road in the U.S. and Japan in 2010 in small volumes. In the case of the U.S., the single model will initially be sold only in California. By 2012, he says Nissan EVs will be volume vehicles—multiple models sold in large numbers throughout North America and the rest of the world.


So, looks like the change is in terms of rollout is more areas - and to individuals instead of just fleets.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... EVrzt2t.8o

Even as Nissan shuttered factories in 1999, it continued battery work. In 2006, Ghosn overruled Nissan’s researchers and approved high-volume EV manufacturing.

“The engineers will always tell you, ‘Wait a little more,’ and if you keep playing this game, you never launch any product,” he says.

By the time Ghosn attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2007, he was a full-blown EV booster.

He met Shimon Peres, the Israeli vice prime minister who’d become an EV advocate because of his country’s limited oil. Peres brought Shai Agassi, the Israeli-born founder of Better Place, a Palo Alto, California, company that builds and operates networks of recharging stations, to a meeting at Peres’s hotel.

‘I’ve Got Your Car’

As the two pitched EVs, Ghosn said he didn’t need to hear it.

“I’ve got your car,” Ghosn said, Agassi recalls. “Let’s do it.” Peres, who is now Israel’s president, declined to comment for this story.

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:50 pm
by Andy
And this year the LEAF is being showcased at Davos...

http://www.abb.com/cawp/seitp202/57195afe0e49178cc12578230048cb4c.aspx

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 8:27 pm
by toms1964
thanks for putting this together!

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:51 pm
by walterbays
Great info evnow, thanks! There's a lot of value in many of these old long buried threads on MNL.

Here's an article from 1991 on automakers responding to the California air regulations by researching electric cars. GM is cited as the leader with the Impact but Nissan is confident they will catch up. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6gwiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_nMFAAAAIBAJ&dq=nissan%20electric%20vehicle&pg=1363%2C3826170

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:20 am
by mwalsh
Nice one EVNow!

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:15 am
by linkim
For a history of Nissan's EV activities prior to 2000, check this site:

http://www.modernracer.com/news/the-his ... ment/1633/

Nissan was involved with development of EVs powered by lead-acid batteries in 1947, during the formative stages of the company.

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:11 pm
by TRONZ
evnow wrote:2006 : Ghosn overruled Nissan’s researchers and approved high-volume EV manufacturing


I vote this as the Red Letter event in mass electrification.

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 7:57 am
by OPECsux
Renault has also been working on EV's for a long time now.

Re: History of Nissan EV from 2006

Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:49 am
by TonyWilliams
Certainly, the state of California plays a big part in any EV decision making:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/html/brochure/history.htm