EVs aren’t big sellers. But some manufacturers are banking EVs will be the driving force of the future. At least, that’s what Carlos Ghosn, Chair and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Chair and CEO of France’s Renault Group, believes. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold more than 300,000 all-electric vehicles around the world.
Here’s what Ghosn told journalists in his opening keynote speech at the 2016 NYIAS:
“Today nearly every major automaker has ambitious projects on the way for new EVs and alternate zero-emission vehicles… There are several reasons to be bullish about EV’s future. With the threat of environmental change, the world is demanding that our industry invest more in zero-emission transportation. Around the world they’re imposing stricter limits on CO2 emissions. And one major response has to be electrification. Beyond environmental regulations, EVs just make sense. EVs are simple machines – a battery and electric motors that require far less service, oil changes, and they’re extremely reliable. With battery technology improving and the charging infrastructure expanding in much of the world we are nearly at the turning point where EVs will become more of a mainstream option,” said Ghosn.
“Autonomous drive cars that can change lanes on their own, negotiate speeds, and handle the drudgery of stop-and-go traffic are coming very soon. In fact, the Nissan-Renault Alliance will announce at least 10 models with significant autonomous drive functionality by 2020. Those cars will be far more connected than those cars on the road today. They will be a much more personal space and an extension of ourselves just as Smartphones are today. And the EV is the perfect platform for the future of autonomous drive and connected vehicle technology, which will in turn accelerate the adoption of EVs.”