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Nissan expanding electric range

  • Japanese firm says LEAF is just the beginning
  • Plug-in van, luxury Infiniti and city car expected
  • Partnership with Renault means a total of 8 vehicles

Nissan is looking to expand its range of electric vehicles to four cars, starting in 2012 with a plug-in van.

Following what the Japanese brand hopes is a successful inception for the LEAF, it plans to build on its humble battery-powered beginnings with a raft of new vehicles designed solely to run on electricity.

The first vehicle will be a van of similar proportions to the NV200, and should appear next year. Then there will be a premium Infiniti offering, followed by a small city car.

According to Nissan's President and C.E.O. Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan/Infiniti brand sees electric motoring as the future.

"Nissan's an innovative and exciting brand with a clear vision of the future of transportation, which we call sustainable mobility," said Ghosn. "With three other electric vehicles in the pipeline from Nissan - and with the imminent market introduction of four additional electric vehicles from our Alliance partner Renault - Nissan LEAF represents a significant first step toward a zero-emission future."