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So far Li-on batteries have been the kings of the new road, but that’s now facing a real challenge.
Now we have BMW + Toyota facing off to Ford + Nissan/Renault + Daimler/Mercedes, each looking to take the high ground for their own solution to carbon free motoring via hydrogen.
And they are not alone as you will see
Ford, Nissan/ Renault and Mercedes/Daimler Sign 3 way Strategic Co-operation on Hydrogen Fuel Cell EVs
This move is driven by the logic of standardisation and spreading development costs between these 3 volume automotive OEMs.
So what does this mean for battery suppliers?
If Nissan is really planning to have sold a staggering 500,000 electric cars worldwide by 2013, it's certainly going to be easy for them in the US. According to this article perks are pouring in for buyers of the Nissan Leaf - tax credits, rebate cheques, government giveaways, personalised home visits and even customer service calls from the company's top execs.
Nissan has released a teaser sketch of an electric Infiniti luxury car that it says it will launch in 2013. While rarely seen in Europe, the Infiniti is known for its high standards, so expectations will be high for this EV's range and power; and the styling in particular will be crucial if it's not to undermine its parent brand.
Ghosn feels auto makers need to take a three-pronged approach to addressing the new market that is unfolding in the age of mass produced EVs. "One, they need to be in all technologies from electric vehicles to diesel; two, they need to be in emerging markets, especially China, and 3, they need to have vehicles in each segment." Funny no mention of eco-auto-booming India.