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Trevor Collett | Sep, 02 2013 | 2 Comments

Nissan is reportedly building on its commitment to the electric vehicle market, revealing plans to expand its EV fleet to five models.

Currently, the Leaf is the only EV that Nissan has on the market but the Japanese carmaker has previously announced plans to add an upmarket Infiniti version of the Leaf, and the NV200 van to the line-up.

According to industry paper Automotive News, the future will now include two more EVs for Nissan, but the company is remaining tight-lipped on details for the new models.

"We haven't announced what models they will be, but we have plans for five," Nissan America’s Carla Bailo said. "The others will come in due time."

Nissan is also considering inductive or ‘wireless’ charging for its future EVs (viewed as ‘crucial’ for its Infiniti brand) as the technology becomes more widespread and customers begin to tire of plugging and unplugging power cords.

Ms Bailo reportedly said that Nissan will wait until the technology “is ready” before rolling it out through its EV range.

A lack of confidence in wireless charging is apparently responsible for the delayed Infiniti version of the Leaf, with Nissan preferring to wait rather than launch the luxury EV without it.

Nissan had sold 89 Leafs in Australia between January and the end of July this year, currently priced from $51,490 plus on-road costs.

 
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