Nissan Motor announced on Sunday that it would begin selling electric vehicles (EVs) developed in China, exporting them to global markets. This comes after the Japanese automaker announced that it had entered into a partnership with China’s top university, Tsinghua University, to focus on the development of EVs, charging infrastructure, and battery recycling.
“We hope that this collaboration will help us gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese market and develop strategies that better meet the needs of customers in China,” Nissan President and Chief Executive Makoto Uchida declared. This is an extension of the partnership that Nissan has had with Tsinghua since 2016 when the focus was on intelligent mobility and autonomous driving technology.
The automaker is looking to export its existing lineup of internal combustion engine vehicles as well as upcoming pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. China currently makes up a little over a fifth of Nissan’s total sales, with about 2.8 million vehicles sold during the first 10 months of 2023.