Last month, to commemorate its 10th anniversary in India, Nissan India had organized the Nissan Carnival at the Buddh International Circuit. For the Carnival, Nissan had imported a Leaf EV and the Patrol SUV. Now, according to a report, Nissan India is considering launching the Leaf.
The Nissan Leaf is a fully electric car producing about 80 kW of power and 240 Nm of peak torque which is available right from the word go. It travels a distance of 135 kms on a single charge before running out of juice. Nissan has sold more than 160,000 units of the Leaf since its inception and is now considering launching it in India. Nissan has the target of becoming the first global OEM to launch a fully electric vehicle in India.
The government of India’s FAME (or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) programme that commences this month has made the company step up its activities aimed at bringing the Leaf on the Indian soil.
“It’s progressing much better than before. The government’s positive signals are allowing us to run the clinic now. That’s the only reason why we have brought it to show you here,” Sundararajan Krishnan, assistant chief vehicle engineer, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India (RNTBCI) told Autocar Professional.
Guillaume Sicard, president of Nissan’s India operations, says that selling the Leaf will involve many factors. “We need to partner with the government. In addition, we must ensure that the government and local municipal bodies are supportive in terms of charging infrastructure, taxes,” he explains.
If launched in India, the Leaf would become a halo product for the Indian wing of the Japanese carmaker. Also, building it here would make no sense and Nissan will have to import it. Being a CBU, the cost would be another factor limiting its sales along with the non-existent infrastructure for electric vehicles.
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