Nissan & Dongfeng confirm their China EV
Partners Nissan an Dongfeng presented their electric car model for the Chinese market. It will come in the form of an existing model from Nissan. Together they want to woe buyers in the People’s Republic as they seek to offer the EV under all labels.
As Nissan & Dongfeng present their planned EV for China, it turns out to build on Nissan’s existing Sylphy, CarNewsChina suggests. Performance data speaks of 80 kW and a top speed of 144 kph, much like the old Nissan Leaf EV.
The Sylphy-based electric compact car will be made available to buyers in China exclusively and may also hit the market under the Venucia and Dongfeng labels. A first appearance is planned for the Beijing Auto Show, next to the new Nissan Leaf, as well as the electric concept IMx, which debuted in Tokyo last October.
Undoubtedly, China is an attractive market for Nissan, where they plan to invest approximately 7.6 billion euros over the next five years along with their Partner Dongfeng. A large portion of the investment is earmarked for e-mobility. In particular, more than 20 electrified car models (both battery-electric, as well as with the e-Power Range-Extender) are planned, with 6 rolling out by the end of next year.
Nissan announced another joint venture with their alliance partner Renault to combine with Dongfeng last October. There had also been rumors of a complete fusion of the two European car manufacturers, who have been closely affiliated as of late. The newly minted eGT New Energy Automotive is now owned at 25% each by Nissan and Renault, and the other 50% by Dongfeng. The first cooperative car will be a small electric SUV, which will be produced in the Dongfeng factory in Shiyan as of 2019. The factory is set up for an annual capacity of 120,000 vehicles.