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Alex Rae | Mar, 26 2018 | 0 Comments

Nissan has announced is near-future plan to release a barrage of electrified vehicles and autonomous technology in its upcoming models.

Part of its M.O.V.E to 2022 plan, the Japanese maker says it is beginning an 'electric car offensive' that will bring eight new electric vehicles to its line-up and see one million semi-autonomous vehicles driving across 20 markets by 2022.

While it isn’t confirming which markets will see the raft of new and updated models, it has confirmed the second-generation fully-electric Leaf will arrive here this year and that its premium-badged Infiniti models will be offered with either fully and hybrid-electric drivetrains from 2021, making up over half of its global sales by 2025.

Nissan will launch its electric offensive in China with a new C-segment EV based on the Leaf, followed by an affordable A-segment EV to be built in partnership with Dongfeng motors.

In its home market, Nissan will offer a mini-electric Kei car and e-Power models based on the hybrid system currently used in in the Note and Serena.

A new global fully-electric crossover based on the IMx Concept revealed at last year's Tokyo motor show will be the pin-up car of its fully-electric sales and help support its plan for 50 per cent of all sales in Japan and Europe to be electric by 2025 and 20-30 per cent of sales in the US and 35-40 per cent in China to be electrified by the same time.

If all goes to plan the maker will sell one million electric vehicles by 2022, but the automaker only sold just over 160,000 electric vehicles last year and needs to increase sales by more than 600 per cent to meet its target.

It also plans to equip 20 models with its semi-autonomous ProPilot technology in 20 markets by 2022. Nissan says the feature can follow traffic and keep inside single marked lanes, even around corners, and recognise road markings. But still says it is a ‘hands-on’ technology right now.

“Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution. Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services.” Said chief planning officer Philippe Klein.

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