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AddCarlos Ghosn: Electric vehicle profitability may come "within next 3 years"

When the discussion turns to battery-powered cars, Renault-Nissan chief executive officer, Carlos Ghosn, is one outspoken, optimistic individual. In fact, it'd safe to say that Ghosn's bullish outlook for the electric vehicle (EV) segment is unmatched by any of his automotive peers. From claims of EVs accounting for ten percent of global sales in 2020 to promises that Renault-Nissan will have enough capacity to produce 500,000 electrics per year when demand, well, demands it, Ghosn never misses

AddNissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is still really, really bullish about the Leaf electric car

Every time we hear Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speak, he kind of bowls us over with his strong belief in the all-electric Leaf and plug in vehicles in general. At the groundbreaking for the Smyrna, Tennessee battery plant last week, he once again expressed complete enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs). Yeah, we weren't surprised, either, but it was still good to hear this much hasn't changed. Here's how Ghosn described the Leaf in its current state:

33Carlos Ghosn: 2011 Nissan Leaf sold out

If you aren't already on the list to purchase a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're officially out of luck. During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale. Nissan has now received 13,000 orders for the $32,780 electric car – quite impressive for a vehicle almost no one's driven.

AddCarlos Ghosn: 2011 Nissan Leaf sold out

If you aren't already on the list to purchase a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're officially out of luck. During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale. Nissan has now received 13,000 orders for the $32,780 electric car in the U.S., and 6,000 more in Japan– quite impressive for a vehicle almost no one's driven.

AddElectrification Coalition sees plug-ins making up 25 percent of market by 2020

A new Electrification Coalition was announced today with the backing of the CEOs from twelve companies. What's interesting about this group is that, among the leaders from electric vehicles companies and related start-ups – Coda Automotive, Coulomb Technolgies, A123 Systems, etc. – we find Nissan's Carlos Ghosn. Nissan is the only major OEM to participate in this coalition, which will promote "policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass sca

AddNissan ready to make 500,000 batteries a year when demand is there

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddREPORT: Nissan's Ghosn rules out hybrid-only models like Toyota Prius, Honda Insight

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

16REPORT: Nissan's Ghosn rules out hybrid-only models like Toyota Prius, Honda Insight

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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