Nissan American business has declared its support for the U.S. government’s proposal to set new nationwide greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks between 2017 and 2025.
The Obama government recently committed to harmonise national greenhouse gas and fuel-economy use for passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
Nissan endorses this program, claiming it is essential to future technical innovations across the automotive industry.
Nissan is well-known for delivering a range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands.
This includes the LEAF – the world’s first and only 100% electric car for the mass market. It was launched in 2010 and has reportedly sold more than 4,000 units in the United States.
Nissan’s Australian casting operations in Dandenong, Melbourne this year won a $160 million global manufacturing contract to make aluminium components for the LEAF car.
The contract will reportedly secure 145 jobs for Australia at the casting plant in Dandenong.
Obama’s new greenhouse gas targets for the U.S. call for a 5% year-on-year improvement in CO2 reduction for passenger cars and 3.5% year-on-year improvement for light trucks from 2017-2021.
After 2021, the proposal calls for a 5% annual increase for both passenger cars and light trucks through 2025.
“The Obama administration has issued some extremely challenging greenhouse gas reduction and fuel economy improvement targets, but Nissan is a company built on innovation and we’re up to the task,” said Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, Nissan Americas.
“Nissan’s recent product introductions – including the all-electric Nissan LEAF, the Infiniti M Hybrid and improvements to internal-combustion technology – demonstrate our multifaceted approach to meeting consumer demand for increased fuel economy across our product lineup and to achieving these rigorous targets. We’re looking forward to helping achieve the Administration’s goals under one national standard, which supports long-term planning and technology development.”
Nissan Australia and Nissan Americas are both part of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, based in Japan. Nissan is Japan’s second-largest automotive company by volume.