Nissan Motor is open to a green car alliance with Chinese automakers, a senior executive said, as it moves to tap the fledgling industry in the world’s largest auto market.
Nissan, 44% held by Renault, is joining General Motors and others in the race for green vehicles which according to analysts, could be the next industry gold mine.
“It’s impossible to develop electric vehicles alone. Joint effort is a more feasible solution,” Yasuaki Hashimoto, president of Nissan China Investment Co, said in an interview.
“Mr Li had also said the alliance won’t stop at the existing 16 member companies only. It can be expanded,” Hashimoto said, referring to Li Rongrong, head of China’s state asset watchdog who has recently retired.
Fuel cell cars have just begun to show up shyly, and the competition starts to intensify in this market segment. Toyota, who has already announced a $50,000 price tag on their first hydrogen fuel cell car, is being “beaten” by Hyundai, who announced that their first fuel cell vehicle will be available three years earlier than Toyota and of course the other automakers. Pretty optimistic someone could say.
Hyundai announced that it plans to have ready for sale 10,000 units by 2015, when all the others will only have made their first deliveries of fuel cell cars. 1,000 units are planned to be shipped in 2013 and will mainly go to fleets and organizational buyers. 500 fuel cell vehicles will be available for sale during 2012.
No doubt, electric cars / motos provide a clean, green and eco friendly mode of transportation. No doubt however, that their operating range still remains at low – compared to conventional vehicles – levels, therefore providing a major obstacle to their further penetration in the market.
Trying to deal with this matter, auto designers have been trying to come up with new ideas and interested concepts like the Zero Moto, proposed by the designer Wes Rhoad.
Toyota’s Prius was the top selling car in Japan during August. This happends for the 16th consequetive month and is mainly explained from local incentives which have driven further more demand for hybrid cars.
The Prius, Toyota Motor Corp.’s best-selling gasoline-gas hybrid, sold 22,263 of the cars during August 2010.
However, sales of Prius in August, were the lowest ones during the year and there worries that sales may further lower as government incentives will stop during the end of this month in Japan.
Prius still remained Toyota’s best seller model despite massive global recalls for issues including faulty floor mats and defective gas pedals.
One of the most critical factors concerning the penetration of EVs in the market has to do with the availability of charging stations nearby your route. Thinking of that, the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts have come up with a great idea of portable charging stations.
German automobile manufacturer Daimler A.G. and China’s BYD Company Limited will make a $87.7 million investment in order to establish a R&D center that will focus on the development of electric vehicles in China.
The Shenzhen BY Daimler New Technology Company will capitalize on Daimler’s expertise on electric vehicle architecture and safety and BYD’s know-how of battery technology and electric drive systems to develop a new generation of electric vehicles. Developed cars, will be marketed under a new joint brand name.
“Our new joint venture is well positioned to make the most of the vast potential of electric mobility in China. The establishment of the joint center will strengthen the company’s growing presence in an important market. China is already the world’s second largest automobile market, and a 2008 study by McKinsey & Company predicts that the Chinese market will overtake the United States by 2030” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler.
This market boom is expected to put an enormous strain on the country’s energy resources and the environment, leading the Chinese automakers to turn toward various alternatives such as electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles.
Daimler is a leader company in upscale market and will introduce two electric Mercedes-Benz cars this year, the B-Class F-Cell vehicle with fuel cell technology and the battery electric vehicle A-Class E-Cell.
Meanwhile, BYD established itself as the first manufacturer in China to commercialize taxi business with its e6 pure electric vehicle. The Chinese company has invested in developing advanced battery technology since 1995 and has been rapidly growing in the automotive sector since 2003.
- Even with problems in the U.S., BYD looking to Germany for Euro expansion (green.autoblog.com)
- China’s BYD Auto posts $106M second-quarter profit, but not from clean vehicles (green.autoblog.com)
- Video: Ride along in BYD’s E6 electric taxi (green.autoblog.com)
- Buffett-Backed BYD Posts 717 Million Yuan Second-Quarter Profit (businessweek.com)
- Chinese Electric Car Manufacturer BYD Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Los Angeles (brainz.org)
As it is known, the French and Japanese carmakers formed an alliance in 1999 and together accounts for 9% of the global market share while Enel acquired Endesa and today they are present to 23 countries.
Both, are taking steps towards the global trend for electric vehicles and claimed that swapping a conventional vehicle with an electric vehicle will lower CO2 emissions by as much as 45% based on the average efficiency of the Italian generation fleet.
Renault S.A. and Nissan Motor Company will work on integrating their electric cars into the power interface of Enel’s recharging infrastructure. They will also develop integrated E.V. products and services, study various recharging technologies and look into the possibility of using a battery as an energy storage system of renewable power in the second part of its life cycle.
- Renault-Nissan teams up with City of Wellington for zero-emission mobility (newstatesman.com)
- Renault-Nissan Alliance, Yulon-Nissan and Taichung City, Taiwan Partner on EVs (greencarcongress.com)
- Renault-Nissan headed to Taiwan with EV promotion plan (green.autoblog.com)
- Renault Unveils the Ultra-Slick DeZir Gullwing Coupe EV (fastcompany.com)
- Nissan joins Renault-RWE partnership (newstatesman.com)