Nissan Builds Buzz with Plans for Electric Car
Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to build an electric car by 2010, part of what the automaker says is a strategy to make it the global leader in zero-emission vehicles.
Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn, who unveiled the plan at a news conference in Tokyo, says the company will mass produce electric cars within the next five years. He laid out a simple case for the vehicles: The number of people buying cars around the world is increasing, while the need to reduce emissions is becoming more urgent.
“There is a perceived conflict between the demand for more cars and the demand for a cleaner planet — 10, 20 or 30 percent lower emissions cannot be the only answer,” Ghosn says.
The goal, he says, should be 100 percent lower emissions.
Although other auto industry executives have made this argument, they have estimated it will take at least a decade to get the right technology to build zero-emission cars.
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