Nissan to end development of combustion engines outside US: report

Pioneering mass-produced electric vehicles with the Leaf, Nissan established a lead in the electric vehicle space that it utterly squandered for nearly the next decade. It could have been a technology leader; instead, it’s now playing catch-up, introducing the Ariya years after its rivals’ electric crossovers hit the scene. He doesn’t want to make that mistake again, and Nikkeiciting ‘people familiar with the company’s plans’, says Nissan is set to become the first Japanese automaker to focus primarily on electric vehicles and as such will stop developing internal combustion engines for all markets except the United States.

Nissan has reportedly already suspended ICE development for Europe and plans to scale it back for China and Japan. Refinement of the technology, however, will continue, both for use in hybrids and so that Nissan can maintain its truck business in the US, suggesting that Nissan plans to stand alongside Frontier and Titan. for the coming years. Hypothetically, these interests could also align and result in hybrid versions of the two pickups, which seems inevitable in the face of increasing MPG demands.

A Nissan spokesperson in the United States has not confirmed, denied, or commented on the Nikkei’s assertion, simply citing that this was a speculative report and that he would follow up during office hours in Japan if there was anything specific to address.

All ICE development from now on will be based on existing engines, with no new ones being developed from scratch. This could point to the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 rumored for the next-gen Armada (slash Patrol) being Nissan’s last new combustion engine, as it was apparently lit green in 2017.

Nissan would not be forced to close factories as part of its ICE phase-out, or resort to layoffs, as employees involved in ICE programs will be reassigned to electric powertrains or other relevant departments. When it comes to ways to pivot to electric vehicles, there are certainly more painful ones than being ready for what looks like the future of the auto industry, while squeezing the last drop of profit out of the engine. internal combustion.

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Kevin A. Perras