Nissan electric cars to hit Thai market next year

Auto & Audio September 06, 2017 11:52

By Kingsley Wijayasinha
The Nation
Chiba, Japan

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Chiba, Japan -- Nissan has officially announced that it will offer the LEAF electric vehicle in Thailand.

The new model will first come as an import from Japan next year, but Nissan also plans local production

Antoine Barthes, president of Nissan Motor Thailand, said Nissan is working with the Thai government to strike the right conditions for electric vehicles (EV).

"Nissan is the first manufacturer to officially announce its intent of offering a mainstream intelligent EV jn Thailand," he said at the global launch of the new LEAF in Japan.

Apart from electric powertrain with a range of 400 kilometres, the LEAF also comes with Pro Pilot, Nissan's version of autonomous drive.

Barthes said last week that Nissan is interested in producing EVs in Thailand, but needs to make sure they are affordable and that production makes business sense.