Nissan 2022: 1 million e-cars per year, zero lethal accidents
Renault’s Japanese ally has presented its first ever sustainability plan – and it’s rather ambitious. Over the next 4 years it wants to crank up its annual sales of electric or electrified cars to 1 million units per year, thereby reducing by 40 percent the CO2 emissions of its models compared to the year 2000. At the same time, it targets a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions coming from vehicle manufacturing and other corporate activities.
Moreover, it wants to reduce the use of new materials by 70 percent through the promotion of circular economy of reused and recycled lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. Finally, Nissan aims at reducing the water intake per unit in global production by 21 percent compared with 2010.
The road to zero
Another pillar of the sustainability plan is the commitment to road safety. Ultimately, the OEM wants to reduce fatalities involving Nissan vehicles to zero, achieved partly by promoting increased vehicle safety with more autonomous systems such as ProPilot, to be offered in 20 vehicles in 20 markets by the end of FY2022.
ProPilot is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that help avoid road incidents. It is available on the new electric Nissan Leaf, the Qashqai and the X-Trail. Its main components are an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, a lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian recognition and moving object detection.
Picture copyright: Nissan, 2018