Nissan, the Japanese automaker is working on its plans of bringing the Nissan Leaf to India. According to the reports of Times of India, the company is ruling out its plans of producing the electric hatchback locally in the country. However, selling the new electric car in larger volume will require local production.
Nissan is conducting a feasibility survey for the next-gen model in India, though it does not intend to produce it locally. Speaking on the matter, Nicholas Thomas, the EV programme director said to The Economics Times that the all-new Nissan Leaf is a niche category product and for now, its production in India is not being considered.
The Nissan Leaf is an electric hatchback, which falls in the C-segment in the global market. Moreover, it is a complex product that would require massive investment and the company has to surpass many such deformation factors to set up a manufacturing hub in India. Currently, the manufacturer builds the electric vehicle at the Oppama Plant in Japan, the Sunderland Plant in the UK and the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in the USA.
The second generation Nissan Leaf gets an all-new aerodynamic design and packs high-end technical features with superior driving dynamics. It gets a major update in the power mechanism, which offers an improved battery life and greater driving range. It gets a 40 kWh battery that claims a maximum range of 400 km on a single charge. The charging time varies from 8 hours to 16 hours. Moreover, it comes with a quick charging feature which provides 80 percent battery life in just 40 minutes.
Nissan may bring the Leaf EV to India through the CKD route from Japan. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 35 lakh (ex-showroom). The company is also planning to introduce a low-budget EV, priced around Rs. 7 lakh for India and other Asian markets.