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Carlos Ghosn: Climate Change One Of Nissan’s Primary Reasons For Releasing EVs

The well-regarded CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, recently made the rather notable comment that one of the main reasons his company was pursuing the adoption of electric vehicles relatively aggressively was because of climate change.

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The comment — which was made during Ghosn’s recent acceptance speech for the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in New York City — included a reference to climate change as being an “unprecedented humanitarian challenge.”

Strong words. And ones that imply Ghosn does consider climate change to be a real issue, and not just a convenient marketing tool — not that that’s news though, given previous comments he’s made. Still, does releasing a couple of EVs really count as an effective means of addressing climate change?

On that note, Ghosn stated during his recent comments that he believes that corporations hold a responsibility to consider the future that will result from unmitigated climate change, and to change their practices — even citing a recent UN report predicting increased occurrences of major natural disasters.

Interestingly, Ghosn also mentioned the possible/likely effects that anthropogenic climate change will have on agricultural production — presumably why he made the comments at his acceptance speech for the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian award.

According to Ghosn, climate change — along with projected population growth — made the company realize that the widespread adoption of zero-emissions vehicles, such as EVs, wasn’t a matter of if, but of when.

That does go some ways towards explaining Nissan’s impressive push into the market over the last few years — the Nissan LEAF is currently far and away the top-selling EV. Presumably, this push towards EV adoption will only grow over the coming years.

Image: Carlos Ghosn by Frederic Legrand – COMEO /

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


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