日産、EV(電気自動車)の増大を標榜(20160326 英字新聞より)

Its only 200Km, the ability of distance Nissan’s Electric car named Leef. But now its may reach 300km.

Its very inexpensive to charge EV's than the gasoline's.

I hope to Nissan to expand tha distance from 400km to 500km, its same about Gasoline car.

Nissan aims to increase EV range

Nissan’s unique partnership, formed in 1999, with Renault of France has strengthened both companies. A key aspect of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is that they work together on an equal footing, especially as Nissan strives to expand its fleet of market-leading electric vehicles. The following are excerpts from a Yomiuri Shimbun interview with Hiroto Saikawa, vice chairman of Nissan Motor Co.


Nissan is competitive with its Leaf model, which has played a leading role in the development of electric vehicles (EVs). The number of models sold has not increased in line with our expectations, but the environment for EVs [such as recharging facilities] has improved in Japan and Europe. If the batteries’ capabilities improve and the current traveling distance [after a single recharge] of 280 kilometers is extended to close to 300 kilometers, this EV model will be more convenient to use.


I believe this goal can be achieved in two or three years.


We want to make our Leaf models more attractive and then offer further varieties of EVs in 2020 if possible. The EVs will be able to adapt to a wide range of uses, from traveling long distances as gasoline-powered cars do now to driving in crowded places in cities.


The fluctuations in stock prices and foreign exchange rates since the start of this year have been erratic. It’s better not to react nervously to these changes. We’ll soon begin exporting Rogue models, a sport utility vehicle produced in Kyushu, to North America. Even if the yen’s appreciation increases to \100 against the dollar, we can still maintain competitiveness. We won’t change our policy.


The French government tried to increase its influence on Nissan through Renault SA, which is our largest shareholder. Negotiations with the French government were settled last year. We succeeded in securing Nissan’s independent management within our relationship with Renault. It is significant that future generations will inherit this situation.


No other automakers have the advantage that Nissan and Renault have by operating our partnership on an equal footing. But if either of the two gains the initiative, the negative side effects are stronger [than if the companies operate alone].


Nissan is a company headquartered in Japan, so Japanese leaders are necessary. It is also the responsibility of Mr. [Carlos] Ghosn and I to foster our successors. [Ghosn is chief executive officer of Nissan.]


(From March 26, 2016 Japan News)
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