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Nissan ends development of diesel powertrain globally

June 05, 2018, 03:08 PM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Nissan ends development of diesel powertrain globally

- Ends development of diesel powertrain options for passenger cars
- Commercial cars to get diesel engine from its partners
- New platform for hybrid and electric cars

Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan had stopped selling diesel powered passenger cars in Japan. This time around, the company has announced its plans to end development of diesel engines for the global market as well. With this, Nissan has emerged as the latest car manufacturer to join others who have announced end of development of future diesel engines. The company will however offer diesel engine options for its commercial vehicles provided by its partners in the Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi alliance.

Sooner than later, most major manufacturers will be banning diesel engines in a phased manner globally. The company will however invest in development of electric technology and hybrid powertrains. Moreover, reports indicate that Nissan might also move to new platforms for its hybrid and electric vehicles. Nissan plans to phase out the diesel powered engines in Europe early in the next decade. Toyota and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have also arrived on similar conclusion where Fiat and Jeep have announced their plans to phase out diesel engine options in select markets in the global market by 2022.

Nissan is also reportedly working with Toyota, Panasonic and Honda for the development of solid state battery.  It is believed that the new platform offering for hybrid and electric cars will offer a lot more flexibility in terms of different body styles and designs. Moreover, the company is also considering swappable battery pack option in the future.

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