China has enforced a zero-emission vehicle mandate, bringing the country to the forefront of the electric vehicle race. Nissan has begun production of a new leaf-based electric car in China, that will be priced at just $24,000 USD. The company announced a deal through it’s joint-venture to mass produce zero emission vehicles in China earlier this year. The vehicle is built on a leaf platform uses electric to further power it.
The range will be approximately 338 kilometers once completed. The “Sylphy” has been around as a gasoline-powered car for some time. The electric version is similar to the Leaf in many ways, but also seems to be more aesthetically pleasing for consumers.
The company states that they expect the car to become a “main player” in the EV market. Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan Motor president and CEO states that ““Growth in the Chinese market is a critical part of Nissan’s midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. China is already the world’s largest automotive market. But China isn’t just a leader in terms of market size: It stands at the forefront of the development of the industry itself. The market is now evolving extremely quickly, especially in the areas of electrification and connectivity. In fact, China is expected to lead the world in the adoption and spread of EVs in the coming years. We’re confident that the Sylphy Zero Emission rolling off the production line today will become a main player in the EV market here. It’s going to pave the way for our Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy in the Chinese market.”
With proven technology as a part of the Leaf, the starting price is reasonable for such a vehicle. Nissan has not confirmed any specific volume in production, but has discussed mass-producing the new electric car. Some conclude that the vehicle is further proof that China’s electric vehicle policies are working very well.