Nissan plans to equip all of its production vehicles with LiDar in 2030, according to reports from Nikkan and Nikkei.
The strategy was part of the electrification campaign unveiled in November, which showed the automaker’s arrangement to develop autonomous driving and the fully solid-state battery.
Nissan intends to supplement self-developed ProPilot with LiDARs, which are essential for Level 4 cars. The autonomous driving technology that ProPilot currently contains could be considered Advanced Level 2.
Nissan said sales of cars equipped with ProPilot and its premium brand, Infiniti, will reach more than 2.5 million units by fiscal year 2026. By fiscal year 2030, all new models will be equipped with new LiDARs.
In terms of the introduction of full solid-state batteries in cars, Nissan lags a little behind its competitors like Toyota and Volkswagen. The two automakers will put solid-state batteries in their production vehicles around 2025, while Nissan will start establishing a production line for testing at a Yokohama plant in 2022 and start operating in 2024. The company plans to ” adjust battery production with the market and activate mass production in 2028.
The solid-state battery that Nissan is working on contains twice the energy density of a lithium-ion battery. It not only provides longer range for electric vehicles, but also becomes lighter and smaller, which increases flexibility for car design.
Fully solid-state batteries should have fewer overheating issues, allowing for a simplified cooling system. Plus, charging would only take a third of the time compared to commonly used batteries today.
Nissan plans to invest 140 billion yen ($ 1.2 billion) in the development of fully solid-state batteries and will work with strategic partners, including Renault and Mitsubishi. The automaker also said it would first place the batteries in large or heavy vehicles like the Infiniti models targeting the US and Chinese markets.
In addition, Nissan is reducing its production lines and workforce to correct its excessive expansion. As a result, with non-core businesses like auto loans, the company made a profit of 139.1 billion yen during the period April to September 2021. This is the first time that Nissan has seen an improvement in its profits after the consecutive deficit since 2019.
Nissan has set a target to invest JPY 2 trillion in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles by March 2027, although it still bears a loss of JPY 90.2 billion in the construction sector. automobile.