Nissan to launch Serena autonomous vehicle and Note series HV in Japan in 2016

50% of Japanese sales to be electrified vehicles by 2020



Nissan Intelligent Mobility (Source: Nissan)

Nissan Intelligent Mobility (Source: Nissan)

 This report summarizes Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.'s initiatives for "vehicle intelligence" and "electrification."

 In March 2016, Nissan announced its "Intelligent Mobility" vision, which is made up of three areas of innovation: Intelligent Driving for achieving autonomous driving; Intelligent Power for accelerating electrification; and Intelligent Integration for promoting networking.

 In regard to autonomous driving, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will introduce Piloted Drive 1.0, Piloted Drive 2.0, and Piloted Drive 3.0 in phases between 2016 and 2020. Renault-Nissan will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the same period.

 The new Serena minivan, which will be launched in Japan in 2016, will incorporate the Piloted Drive 1.0 technology. The technology will also be installed on the new Qashqai, which will go on sale in Europe in 2017.

 For electrification, Nissan will develop electrified vehicles by developing its core electric powertrain and battery technologies in combination with various others. The company will develop a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers an all-electric driving range of over 500 km. It is also developing a new fuel cell system that enables vehicles to drive on electricity generated from bio-ethanol. Nissan will develop an electric vehicle (EV) that is about 30% less expensive than Nissan's current Leaf EV, and launch it in China, where the EV and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) markets are rapidly expanding.

 The next-generation Nissan Note, which will go on sale in Japan in the fall of 2016, will be equipped with a newly-developed hybrid system. The new hybrid system combines various electrification technologies that the automaker has cultivated through the development of EVs.

 Nissan plans to increase sales of electrified vehicles and EVs to 50% and 10% respectively of its total vehicle sales in Japan by 2020.

 Nissan's networking has a wide range of meaning, as it refers to projects including the building of quick charger networks (To date over 10,000 quick chargers have been installed globally) and forthcoming efforts to start the installation of wireless charging networks. The company will also make efforts to realize car sharing and integrated traffic management systems, and announced that its future vehicles will be available with devices utilizing advanced IT technologies such as the Alliance Multimedia System.

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