Nissan's Electrified Future Sports Car and Pickup Truck Lineup Looks Incredibly Exciting
Nissan's Electrified Future Sports Car and Pickup Truck Lineup Looks Incredibly Exciting

It's becoming difficult to keep track of which automakers have promised a flood of electric vehicles in the near future, how many EVs each has promised, and by when. So, what exactly is Nissan up to? The Japanese automaker is investing roughly $20 billion in electrified vehicles over the next four years, with the goal of delivering 15 fully electric models (among 23 all-new Nissan and Infiniti vehicles) by 2030.

The carmaker recently previewed a slew of concept vehicles symbolising prospective EVs, including a pickup truck, an SUV-like vehicle with van-like folding doors, and even a two-seat roadster. These have ephemeral names like Chill-Out, Hang-Out, and Max Out. If these ideas really directly preview electric cars and trucks coming in the next few years, we believe the production versions will have standard designations—or they may even completely replace various existing Nissan nameplates.

The Chill-Out, a tiny crossover EV based on the same CMF-EV design as the 2023 Ariya SUV, could foreshadow Nissan's next-generation Leaf. It'd be surprising if Nissan wasn't thinking about transforming the Leaf into a higher, more appealing vehicle than the dumpy hatchback it is now.

Aside from the next-generation Leaf, Nissan's most important future product is almost probably the electric pickup truck. It may not look exactly like the Surf-Out concept seen above, which is an almost sales-proof two-door conventional cab with digital panels front and rear that include not just the headlights and taillights but also plenty of display area for animations and other features.

The front panel is likewise translucent, allowing a view out the nose from the interior. Perhaps the basic outlines of this design will be carried over to a four-door, midsize-ish pickup that will be sold alongside the Frontier. But, regardless of its form, the truck is the concept we'd prioritise.

Aside from their catchy titles, Nissan's EV ideas showcased creative packaging and fancy solid-state batteries that, as of now, do not exist in a production vehicle. Nissan is developing the technology, which promises higher energy density, cheaper cost, and faster charging, but we believe that by 2025, the majority of the automaker's EVs will be powered by conventional lithium-ion batteries, such as the Ariya. That production SUV's dual-motor drive system will almost certainly be donated to a slew of prospective Nissan EVs. The estimated price of the same is $30,000-$50,000, whereas the expected on-sale date is 2024-2030.

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