Formula E said in a statement that Nissan would replace one of the existing manufacturers in the 2018-19 season.
Media reports have indicated that will be alliance partners Renault, allowing the French manufacturer to focus on its Formula One team.
"To have a name like Nissan coming on board is a momentous day for the series," said Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag in a statement.
"It's great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is. Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E."
Reporting by Alan Baldwin