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Nissan have set themselves a target of reaching 1.5 million sales of electric vehicles by the year 2020.

This may seem overly ambitious but Nissan's main electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf has been selling extremely well. Since the Leaf was first introduced back in 2010, Nissan have sold over 100,000 units and as people seem to be looking for alternatives to petrol/diesel vehicles, they expect to reach their target before 2020.

Billy Hayes is the business vice-president of Nissan's global electric vehicles and this is what he had to say about reaching their target: “We have every reason to believe our new target is achievable. We believe we can hit it sooner than 2020.”

This total does not seem quite so unachievable once put into perspective. The 1.5 million total electric vehicle sales is for the larger company Renault-Nissan and not just Nissan alone. Recently the CEO of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn had to retract his original statement of reaching this target by 2016, changing it to the target of 2020.

The only issue I can see with reaching this target is that there is still a large number of consumers who are not to sure about electric vehicles, particularly in terms of the lack of driving range and the total time needed to recharge the battery. However, this does not mean that improvements can be made within he next 6 years.

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Have a look at the video below for an overview of the new 2014 Nissan Leaf:

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