As part of its EV36Zero event, Nissan confirmed the production of another Electric SUV. Still unnamed and a little smaller, it sits below the Ariya in size.
Earlier today, Nissan held a press conference at its Sunderland, England facility. As part of the presentation of Nissan’s EV36Zero plan, the manufacturer took the opportunity to show the first images of a new electric concept vehicle.
Very little is known about this new player, but one thing is certain, he will be produced and sold initially in Europe and then internationally, which probably includes Canada. More compact than the Ariya, this SUV is roughly the same size as the current Nissan LEAF. The general design seems to be inspired by both the Ariya for the front part and the new generation Z for the rear part with the black applique between the lights. Another notable detail, the size of the rims on the concept is exceptionally large. This attribute is considered unlikely to reach production.
On the technical level, Nissan mentions that it will be built on the platform of the Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-EV. It is this same base that we find under the Ariya and the Renault electric SUV.
Depending on the investments announced as part of the EV36Zero, Sunderland’s facilities will experience a great expansion in the development of new technologies. With the injection of £ 423million at the site, not only will more than 900 jobs be created, but the production capacity of the new subcompact SUV will be 100,000 units per year.
Alongside this announcement, just outside Sunderland, the consortium created by Nissan and NEC, Envision AESC (Automotive Energy Supply Corporation) will also be entitled to a major injection of funds of around £ 450 million for construction. of the world’s first battery manufacturing mega-factory.
The arrival of the Nissan Ariya is scheduled for late 2021 or early 2022 in the Canadian market. As for the other small electric SUV, it is assumed that 2023 is plausible as long as the English installations are ready.