The other concepts are the ‘Max-Out’, ‘Surf-Out’ and ‘Hang-Out’. The Max-Out is a lightweight two-seater convertible concept. The Surf-Out concept is a pick-up offering electric off-road performance. The Nissan Hang-Out concept has a completely flat floor and ‘theatre-like’ seating.
Nissan Surf Out Concept
Nissan Chill Out Concept
Nissan Max Out Concept
Nissan Hang Out Concept
These four EV concepts are part of a plan involving Nissan investing 2 trillion yen over the next five years and bringing a total of 15 new EVs to market by 2030. Nissan’s manufacturing base in the UK will also be strengthened as part of the company localising manufacturing and sourcing, while also establishing a global battery supply system.
Nissan is also aiming to develop its own solid-state battery (ASSB) technology, launching this technology in its EVs by 2028. It claims that ASSB will reduce charging time to one-third of current levels, as well as reducing the costs of battery packs – to $75 per kWh by 2028 and ultimately to $65 per kWh.
It will also continue to evolve its lithium-ion battery technologies and introduce cobalt-free technology – as well as improving sustainability, this will bring down the cost by 65% by 2028. The company aims to increase its global battery production capacity to 52 GWh by 2026, and 130 GWh by 2030.
Nissan was one of the first manufacturers to bring us a mainstream EV in the form of the Nissan LEAF, which went on sale in the UK in 2011. Since then the LEAF has steadily gained more range, and a refreshed design was introduced in 2018. Nissan has also offered the e-NV200 all-electric van since 2014.
Despite Nissan traditionally being a strong player in the 4×4 market, it hasn’t had an electric SUV in its line-up, however that is now changing with the new Nissan Ariya crossover.