Nissan to Boost Output of First EV Model for China

Economy

Guangzhou, China, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--Dongfeng Motor Co., a Chinese joint venture of Japan's Nissan Motor Co. <7201>, aims to boost annual output of its first electric vehicle model for the Chinese market to 23,000 units in 2019, officials said.

Dongfeng Motor launched the model, the Sylphy Zero Emission, in September, producing it at an annual pace of 9,000 units at present.

The company, set up with Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Group Co., plans to spend 60 billion yuan on the development and production of electric vehicles in China over the next five years, with a view to lifting the proportion of electrified vehicles in its total annual production to 30 pct, according to the officials.

It hopes to promote sales of electric vehicles, as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles, which can be charged at home, in response to new regulations that the Chinese government plans to introduce in 2019 as part of its efforts to combat air pollution.

On Thursday, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., the passenger car division of the joint venture, showed its second Huadu plant in Guangzhou, southern China, to the Japanese media. The plant manufacturers the Sylphy Zero Emission.

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