The Geneva show has been interesting when it comes to electric vehicles. Yesterday, one Volkswagen official stated safe, affordable electric cars are "very far away." Apparently Nissan's product planners didn't get that memo - they plan to launch "mass market" electric cars in Europe next year.
An alliance with Renault is at the core of the electric vehicle deal. Models should range from vehicles designed with electric power in mind to adaptations of existing platforms over the next few years. It's most likely Nissan and Renault will lease at least the batteries to consumers, if not the entire car and battery system. Andy Palmer, head of Renault-Nissan's global electric vehicle business unit, thinks leasing the batteries will make the cost of electric vehicles essentially the same as conventional gas or diesel cars.
Since Europe is comprised of many smaller nations, there won't be one strategy for all European electric vehicles. Everything from the leasing deal to the preferred method of battery recharging will vary from country to country. Of course this raises some questions about how electric cars will be able to travel from one country to another and be able to be recharged, but that may be a small problem if most electric car owners only use them as city vehicles.
Source: Automotive News Europe