Nissan sets out its carbon-neutral goal for 2050

The Japanese carmaker will electrify all vehicles being offered in the key markets by the early 2030s

By
Ian Osborne
January 29, 2021
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EV Life

Nissan Motor Company has set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality across the company’s operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050. As part of the process all-new Nissan vehicles being offered in the key markets of Japan, China, the US and Europe will be electrified by the early 2030s. Nissan will pursue further innovations in electrification and manufacturing technology to make progress on the company’s carbon neutrality goal.

Key strategic areas include battery innovations including solid-state and related technologies to develop cost-competitive and more efficient electric vehicles. Nissan will also further develop its e-POWER electrified powertrains to achieve greater energy efficiency.

The Japanese carmaker plans to develop a battery ecosystem to support decentralised, onsite power generation for buildings with renewable energy sources. Nissan anticipates increased collaboration with the energy sector to support the decarbonisation of power grids.

The company will be looking at manufacturing process innovations to support higher productivity in vehicle assembly, starting with the Nissan Intelligent Factory initiative. This initiative means the company will strive for greater energy and material efficiencies to support longer-term carbon neutrality ambitions.

Nissan’s goal builds on its decades-long programs to reduce emissions and provide electric vehicle technologies that benefit the environment and society. The company’s electrification and emissions reduction efforts support the aims of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change and global progress toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

Nissan’s ambition also expands upon past initiatives under the Nissan Green Program and the company’s ongoing work to minimise the carbon footprint of its products and operations. The company introduced the world’s first mass-market electric car, the Nissan LEAF, and has sold more than 500,000 of the zero-emission vehicle to date. Nissan also continues to work with industry coalitions and authorities to develop infrastructure and raise public awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles.

With 100 percent of all-new vehicle offerings to be electrified in the key markets by the early 2030s, Nissan will also be among the leaders in driving the adoption of electric vehicle technology. Nissan believes the automotive industry can be a driving force in meeting global environmental and climate needs through a commitment to innovation and impact reduction by collaborating with authorities and partners worldwide. When combined with the expansion of renewable energy and charging infrastructure, vehicle electrification and sustainable operations can help accelerate the arrival of a carbon-neutral future.

Makoto Uchida, Nissan CEO, said:

“We’re determined to help create a carbon-neutral society and accelerate the global effort against climate change. Our offering in electrified vehicles will continue to expand around the world, and this will make a major contribution to Nissan becoming carbon neutral. We will continue to drive innovation that enriches people’s lives as we pursue a sustainable future for all.”
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