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News Nissan to End Internal Combustion Engine Development

Nissan to End Internal Combustion Engine Development

Nissan seems poised to retake its position as a global EV leader


  • North America will be the only market where ICEs will remain available for a while.

  • Nissan will continue ICEs for trucks and possibly SUVs.


Manufacturers announcing their intentions to move away from the internal combustion engine and focusing on electrification has become a common occurrence. Nissan is the latest to do so however the source story does not specify a date.

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Many automakers are aiming to drop petrol and diesel engines by 2030 or 2035. In Nissan’s case, for the moment at least, no date has been mentioned or announced. In fact, Nikkei Asia simply states the following:

Nissan Motor will end development of new internal combustion engines in all its major markets except the U.S. and focus its resources on electric vehicles, becoming the first major Japanese automaker to make such a break,”

To us, this almost reads as though the decision is immediate. The clearest aspect in the article is that the US (and assumingly Canada) will continue to be served by Nissan petrol engines for a while yet. Specifically, trucks such as the Frontier and potentially some SUVs will get new or revised internal combustion engines for many years to come.

Nissan once was the global EV leader and it’s highly likely they want to regain that title.

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