Since we recently reported on GM’s aims to be selling around 500,000 “new energy vehicles” (electric vehicles, etc.) a year by 2025, it’s probably worth reporting here that Nissan is now expecting that up to 20% of its vehicle sales in Europe will be of zero-emissions models by 2020.
While the comparison isn’t an exact one, it is one that shows that both firms seem to be expecting strong (but not explosive) growth in their sale of electric vehicle models over the next decade or so.
If those predictions and aims end up being accurate, electric vehicle sales will still lag behind what’s considered to be necessary to achieve relevant climate change agreement goals (greenhouse gas emissions goals).
Part of this is simply because of the continuing growth of the auto sector (which may well end if another recession begins in the next few years, as seems very likely), but it’s also partly due to a need for a faster transition to electric vehicles if transportation sector emissions reductions goals are to be met.
Reuters provides more: “Nissan Motor Co expects that zero-emission cars will make up to 20% of its sales in Europe by 2020, Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle (EV) Director for Nissan Europe said in a statement on Monday.
“Nissan said it welcomed France’s commitment to reward those who choose more sustainable vehicles. Last week, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said France would aim to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later.”
The comment from Dunsmore read: “By 2020, where the market conditions are right, I’m confident we’ll be selling up to 20% of our volume as zero emissions vehicles and this will only grow.”
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