Nissan counts down to electric only sales in Europe with exciting new concept

Nissan 20-23 concepts hints that electric vehicles can be fun too

Nissan, the company who lit the spark that electrified the automotive industry when they launched the Leaf, is counting down to an all-electric line-up in Europe.

While many countries continue to debate when to ban sales of internal combustion engines, Nissan continues to press ahead with plans to achieve a 100% EV offering in Europe by 2030, with all new Nissan models being launched going forward being all-electric.  

With the capability to design, engineer and build vehicles in the UK, and building on the brand’s core strengths of electrification and crossovers, the switch will also support Nissan’s drive towards carbon neutrality.

New 20-23 Concept unveiled

Nissan has unveiled a sporty, urban EV concept in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Nissan Design Europe studio opening in Paddington, London.

The Nissan Concept 20-23 is said to be inspired by Formula E, online sim racing and Nissan’s long heritage of building hatchbacks. The vehicle was conceptualised by a young team at Nissan Design Europe following a brief to design a fun electric city car that they would like to drive in London every day.

The concept boasts aerodynamic bodywork including a large front spoiler, ultra-wide wheel arches, a roof scoop and a large rear wing. Lighting is slim thanks to the latest LED technology.

The interior is accessed via scissor doors and is fitted with white bucket seats and a squared off steering wheel as found in Formula E race cars.

At the nearby Nissan Technical Centre Europe, where the Nissan R&D team this year marks their 35th anniversary, the UK’s latest real world autonomous driving study, called evolvAD, is taking place with a focus on residential and rural roads.

Future models with battery technology

Globally, Nissan will introduce 27 electrified vehicles, including 19 EVs, by 2030. During this period Nissan will also introduce cobalt-free technology to reduce the cost of EV batteries by 65% by 2028.

Nissan also aims to launch electric vehicles with its proprietary all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) by fiscal year 2028, which will allow Nissan to expand its EV offerings across segments and offer more dynamic performance. By reducing charging time to one third, ASSBs will make EVs more efficient and accessible.

Two future Nissan EVs have already been confirmed for Europe, including an all-new compact EV, which will succeed the Nissan Micra as the entry level vehicle in the Nissan line-up. 

The progress of electrification

A third of the million-plus EVs sold around the world have been in Europe, with the Nissan Ariya and Townstar van the latest all-electric vehicles to hit the market. Since 2022 the Nissan range in Europe has been 100% electrified, including the addition of Nissan’s e-Power technology to the Qashqai and X-Trail. E-Power technology delivers a pleasurable, effortless and smooth driving experience for those not ready to make the switch to full EV.

Nissan’s Ambition 2030 vision is the company’s long-term vision to become a truly sustainable company, driving towards a cleaner, safer and more inclusive world. Over the next ten years, Nissan will deliver exciting, electrified vehicles and technological innovations while expanding its operations globally. The vision supports Nissan’s goal of being carbon neutral across the life cycle of its products by fiscal year 2050.