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Nissan says all new models coming to Europe will be ‘100% electric from now’
(EurActiv, 26 Sep 2023) Nissan Motor Co said on Monday (25 September) all its new European models will be fully electric and it plans to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) on the continent by 2030, joining a growing number of carmakers shifting to electric by the end of the decade.
“There is no turning back now,” Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida said in a statement, adding that “all new Nissan models from now [will] be all-electric in Europe”.
The Japanese carmaker said that one of two new EV models it has already confirmed for Europe will be manufactured at its Sunderland plant in northeast England.
Carmakers are complaining that failure to comply with “rules of origin” agreed in Britain’s Brexit deal with the European Union could lead to 10% tariffs on EVs traded between the bloc and the UK as soon as January. But Nissan chairman for Africa, Middle East, India, Europe & Oceania Guillaume Cartier told reporters that cars made in Sunderland would meet those rules.
Colin Walker, head of transport at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), a non-profit group, said regulatory certainty was a key element for companies to decide where to build electric vehicles.
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