Nissan Leaf electric car India launch plans, albeit with local tie-up

Nissan showcased the Leaf electric car at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. It was believed that the car would be launched in the country thereafter. But with no infrastructure in place, Nissan did not launch the world’s best selling electric car in India. Now, two years later, the topic is once again under consideration, and it seems Leaf will soon be launched in India.

Nissan Leaf at 2012 Delhi Auto ExpoWith no definite time frame indicated for the launch of Nissan Leaf in India, the Japanese company has said that they are open to collaborate with local manufacturers. Considering that there is only one major local company in the country currently which is trying to push electric car technology, and is also open for tie-ups, it seems that Nissan might tie-up with Mahindra Reva.

In February earlier this year, Heads of both Mahindra and Nissan were in Bhutan to launch their respective electric cars – e2o and Leaf. It is possible that the idea of forming a collaboration to promote electric car technology in neighbouring country India, was discussed then. Neither Nissan, nor Mahindra have stated anything about a tie-up.

Mahindra_BhutanThe company is currently studying the feasibility of the India market where launching the Nissan Leaf is concerned. They are also hoping for a turnaround in government policies with regard to setting up of infrastructure and offering subsidies.

Though hybrid and electric vehicles have made their mark in many countries across the globe, in India the dire lack of subsidies and deficient government support has arrested its growth. Mahindra e2o has not been able to get its fair share of buyers due to steep pricing while Toyota’s Prius and Camry are also priced higher than expectations.

In the meantime, Nissan sales in the country are increasing substantially. The Nissan Micra and Sunny are in demand due to which the company has stepped up production to not only meet increased domestic sales but also where their exports are concerned.

via Hindustan Times