Nissan aims 100% carbon neutrality by 2050; Plans to electrify all new vehicles

By Sayujya S, Desk Reporter
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Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor has set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality across the company’s operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050.

The company said that all its “new vehicle offerings” in key markets would be electrified by the early 2030s, as part of it’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

Nissan, which plans to cover markets in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, said it will work towards developing a battery ecosystem to support decentralized, onsite power generation for buildings with renewable energy sources. The company will also strive for greater energy and material efficiencies to support longer-term carbon neutrality ambitions.

“We’re determined to help create a carbon-neutral society and accelerate the global effort against climate change,” said Nissan Chief Executive Officer Makoto Uchida.

Nissan Leaf was the world’s first mass-market electric car and more than 500,000 units of the zero-emission vehicles have been sold to date. The carmaker says that it also continues to work with industry coalitions and authorities to develop infrastructure and raise public awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles.

Nissan’s plans come as global automakers are pivoting from diesel vehicles to electric and hybrid models, while Japan aims to eliminate sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by the mid-2030s, shifting to EVs including hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.

The country laid out a “green growth strategy” last year that includes a goal to replace new gasoline-powered vehicles with EVs by mid-2030s to help achieve 2050 carbon-neutral goal. Japan, where renewable energy accounted for 18 percent in the country’s power mix in 2020, is in the process to review its energy policy.