Nissan may bring electric car Leaf to India, pilot runs later this year

Nissan Motor Company is exploring the introduction of its best-selling electric car Leaf to India. The pilot runs are expected to begin later this year.

autos Updated: Apr 18, 2017 11:19 IST
Amrit Raj
Amrit Raj
Live Mint, New Delhi
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A Nissan Leaf electric car is displayed at its showroom in Tokyo, Japan. The Leaf may come to India soon this year, Nissan hinted.(Reuters file photo)

Nissan Motor Co. plans to work with “government bodies” and “private sector firms” to see if there is a market for its electric car Leaf in India, a top executive at the Indian unit of the Japanese automaker said.

“We will start a pilot project involving the Nissan Leaf this year, which will help us in assessing the viability of electric vehicles (EV),” Guillaume Sicard, president, Nissan India operations, said.

Sicard claimed that Leaf is the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle, with over 250,000 units sold so far. In India, the pilot runs are scheduled for later this year with the objective of testing the car’s (and especially its battery’s) performance in Indian roads and weather conditions, said a person familiar with the developments.

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First Published: Apr 18, 2017 11:10 IST