Nissan is Done Investing in New Gas Engines

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Nissan is bucking the trend of automakers hanging onto combustion engines for as long as possible. Speaking with the Australian magazine Drive, a company executive said its future lies in electrification and noted that it would not invest in new internal combustion powertrain technologies.

The announcement comes after Nissan’s competitors rolled out plans to collaborate on new gas engines. Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota are teaming up on the project, which will move in the exact opposite direction of Nissan’s plans.

Nissan’s move will involve its e-Power tech, which uses a small combustion engine as a generator to power electric motors. The automaker said it wanted to increase the thermal efficiency of its gas engines to 50 percent, an impressive benchmark and one it has been working toward for years.

Nissan still sees a market for internal combustion vehicles, especially in markets where emissions regulations are less intense, such as Africa. Either way, it’s an interesting development from an automaker that has been considered an “also-ran” in a market dominated by Toyota, Honda, and others. That said, it’s important to note that the transition won’t happen overnight, and the brand will continue offering as engines for some time.

It will also be interesting to see how the automaker navigates the transition and at what speed. Several much larger companies have backed off plans for total electrification in favor of more hybrids due to slowing demand growth for EVs, but it’s unclear if Nissan views the e-Power as a long- or short-term solution.

[Images: Nissan]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Duties Duties on Jun 03, 2024

    I’ve never liked Nissan, but think the new Rogue and Parhfinder are at least, finally attractive. I will never own an EV. Bye Nissan. Sayonara.

  • 1995 SC 1995 SC on Jun 03, 2024

    Car makers say all sorts of stuff. Arent most of them not named Toyota already supposed to be like half EV based on things they said a few years ago? Yet here we are