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Nissan-Renault boss optimistic about the future green car

Nissan-Renault boss optimistic about the future green car
Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn demands the future is still bright for electric cars despite pushing a goal of global sales behind four years, he told AFP in an interview Friday.

Speaking in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where he sealed a deal to supply the government with a fleet of battery-powered Nissan Leafs, Ghosn said the agreement highlighted the potential for the green vehicle market as pressure grows around the world to meet tougher emission standards.

Ghosn, who invited AFP and several other media organisations to accompany him on his visit, said that Bhutan could showcase the possibilities for a market which has had to battle complaints about range, performance, re-fuelling infrastructure and comparatively high prices.

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Nissan-Renault boss optimistic about the future green car

Date : 22 Şubat 2014 Cumartesi – 07:13, Category : TECHNOLOGY

Nissan-Renault boss optimistic about the future green car
Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn demands the future is still bright for electric cars despite pushing a goal of global sales behind four years, he told AFP in an interview Friday.

Speaking in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where he sealed a deal to supply the government with a fleet of battery-powered Nissan Leafs, Ghosn said the agreement highlighted the potential for the green vehicle market as pressure grows around the world to meet tougher emission standards.

Ghosn, who invited AFP and several other media organisations to accompany him on his visit, said that Bhutan could showcase the possibilities for a market which has had to battle complaints about range, performance, re-fuelling infrastructure and comparatively high prices.

As boss of Nissan and its French partner Renault, Ghosn has been a long-time evangelist for electric vehicles (EVs) and says he remains confident about the future.

“We had set ourselves a goal of selling 1.5 million units (worldwide) between Renault and Nissan by 2016 although we have now pushed that target date back to 2020,” he said.

“We have to admit that the progress of sales has been slower than we thought it would be but the figures are continuing to grow.
“Sales of the Leaf have now gone past 100,000 and it is now selling at a rate of almost 60,000 a year. As for Renault, sales of the Zoe will increase in 2014.

“All of it is very closely linked on the development of infrastructures, but we are seeing more and more competitors coming onto the scene which is always a tell-tale sign.”

The Leaf, which will now become a common sight on the streets of Bhutan’s picturesque capital Thimphu, became the first electric car to sell more than 100,000 units at the end of last year.

– ‘An ideal fit’ –

Ghosn said that the car was an ideal fit for Bhutan, a country which has an abundance of hydro-electric power. While it sells electricity to neighbouring India, Bhutan also has to import traditional fossil fuels to meet the needs of motorists.

“Bhutan has all the ingredients to be a success story when it comes to electric cars,” said Ghosn.

Source:www.google.com

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