Nissan to stop development of internal combustion engines
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Nissan is expected to end development of its internal combustion engines (ICE) in all major markets except the United States.
Rather than further perfecting its ICE engines, the Japanese company is expected to focus its engineering efforts and resources on developing electric vehicles.
As such, Nissan will become the first major Japanese automaker to commit to ending its involvement in internal combustion.
However, in the United States, “limited development” will continue on gasoline engines for the American market, according to Nikkei. Nissan will continue to develop the engines used in its US-only pickup trucks, where it expects demand to continue.
Nissan will also phase out gasoline engine development for the Chinese and Japanese markets, although it will continue to develop engines for hybrids.
In Europe, Nissan believes new Euro 7 emissions standards will increase the cost of developing internal combustion engines, making them unsustainable for the company. The Euro 7 rules should come into force as early as 2025.
However, Nissan will continue to refine existing engine designs as long as it sells gasoline vehicles. Instead, Nissan will stop developing new engines.
According to people familiar with the company’s plans, there are no plans to close the engine production plants and no workers are expected to lose their jobs “at this stage”.
Japanese automakers have been surprisingly reluctant to abandon their ICE development in favor of electric vehicles, as have many European automakers.
Toyota, for example, has shown very little interest in developing hybrid or battery-electric vehicles and instead focuses all of its efforts on the development of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen engines.
This, of course, runs counter to much of the infrastructure development taking place around the world, with governments and the private sector rushing to fill parking spaces with electric charging stations.
This move by Nissan, however, certainly sets it apart from its local competition.