Although a bit hit, the Leaf can not achieve that goal on its own, so Nissan presented on Friday plans to make the company the single largest player in the emerging market segment. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E.to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF.
Nissan Europe design boss Mamoru Aoki described the production vehicle it inspires as "a breakthrough model" that will crack the mainstream - a key achievement for the brand to reach its new targets.
In China, Nissan will introduce at first a new C-segment EV derived from the Leaf. That will use an even smaller, A-segment SUV platform. The range would be completed with two other models sold under the Venucia brand.
Of the eight new cars that are planned, Klein said two will be all-electric versions of existing models sold in China, and the remaining six will be mostly electric-only models, including types of sport utility vehicles.
"Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution", said Philippe Klein, Nissan's chief planning officer.
Nissan announces plans to produce one million electric cars a year by 2022
The Japanese carmarker will also continue to expand its e-Power technology, which is already offered on the Nissan Note and Nissan Serena in Japan.
Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the USA, the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle.
However, Nissan sold 163,000 electric cars, during the a year ago, which include pure electric cars and those equipped with the e-POWER system, an electric propulsion with a gas engine to allow the recharge of the battery of the vehicle. By 2025 the company estimates 50 percent of its global sales will be comprised of electrified vehicles. The company aims to sell 1 million such vehicles that year by offering them in 20 markets. Nissan is also working to upgrade the ProPILOT system with the ability to automate multilane driving on highways. The enhanced capability will be introduced in Japan as a pilot project within one year.
Finally, Nissan will push for 100 percent vehicle connectivity by an unspecified date. Nissan tested its first robo-vehicle ride-hailing service called "Easy Ride" with partner DeNA earlier this month.