Nissan has recently said it will launch its world acclaimed Leaf all-electric hatchback in India this year, as the company wishes to take the lead in nascent electric vehicle market in India.
The Nissan Leaf is the world’s most selling electric vehicle (EV), and Nissan has been eyeing India to launch the car for some time now. As the infrastructure for EVs is lacking in India, Nissan has been also studying to bring in other eco-friendly technology empowered vehicles in this country like its e-Power vehicles and hybrid cars.
While speaking on this development, the Senior Vice President and Chairman of management committee for Africa, Middle East and India at Nissan Motor Co. Peyman Kargar said that "Leaf is a proof-point we want to bring in India because this is a direction of leadership in EV, we have in the world.”
Kargar also told the media that apart from the Leaf, the company also has plans to bring in other EV models to India in the future.
He said that Nissan wants to have Leaf in its Indian portfolio, but it will not be the only EV in the company’s plans for India. He also added by saying that the company is currently not thinking about the sales number goals for its EVs in India.
Around 3.5 lakh units of the Nissan Leaf have been sold in the global markets since 2010.
The President of Nissan India Operations, Thomas Kuehl said that the company is very clear about the fact that when the Leaf launches in India, it will be available with a special price tag only in the metro cities.