Nissan No Longer Developing Gas Engines

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While nearly every automaker is looking to transition to making electric vehicles, the majority of them are holding onto gas-powered engines for as long as possible. Nissan, on the other hand, has other ideas. Speaking with Australia’s Drive, Francois Bailly, Nissan’s Senior Vice President and Chief Planning Officer for the Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania (AMIEO) region, confirmed that the automaker would not be developing new internal combustion engines.

“Our future is EV,” said Bailly when asked if diesel would be in Nissan’s future. “e-Power is a stepping stone to get there, and each market will go at their own pace. “We’re not investing in new powertrain[s] for ICE, that’s for sure.”

Nissan doesn’t sell a single hybrid in the U.S. and only sells two electric vehicles, the LEAF and Ariya. In other markets, Nissan sells hybrids that utilize the brand’s e-Power technology. The tech is used to describe hybrid models where the internal combustion engine acts as a generator to charge the onboard battery pack. The Japanese automaker is reportedly looking to improve the thermal efficiency of the combustion engine found in its global hybrids to 50%, though it’s been working toward this goal for years.

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While Nissan won’t be coming out with any all-new gas- or diesel-powered engines soon, the automaker won’t be giving up on internal combustion engines entirely. Bailly claimed that some parts of the world have more relaxed emissions regulations, like Africa, where Euro 2 regulations are still in effect. So, the way and the speed with which Nissan introduces all-electric vehicles will depend on the region. We expect Nissan to continue updating its engines to meet tighter emissions regulations.

Nissan’s decision to avoid trying to keep gas-powered engines around as long as possible contrasts sharply with other Japanese brands like Subaru, Mazda, and Toyota. These brands believe that carbon-neutral fuels can help keep gas engines on the road and all have separate plans to do just that. Like with other automakers that have taken a step back from their all-electric plans, things could change for Nissan in the future.

Source: Australia's Drive

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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