Cartier says the Japanese automaker won't consider an electric-drive version of the model "for now," implying that there may be one in the future for Europe. He added that economies of scale are driving battery-electric powertrain production costs down, so Nissan is likely to expand the battery-electric option well beyond models such as the Leaf. Nissan started making the Qashqai in 2007, with a second-generation version debuting three years later. The model is available in both five-seat and seven-seat options and is most similar, in size, to the Nissan Rogue.
Earlier this year, UK-based Severnvalley Motorsport started working on a project that involved equipping a retrofitted Qashqai with the Nissan GT-R drivetrain to provide up to 1,000 horsepower, which sounds like fun. Here's guessing the EV version would have somewhat less juice than that.