YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, said the companies are unlikely to reach their goal of selling a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. Nissan has sold just 62,000 Leafs since the EV's debut in late 2010, he said. Renault has sold fewer than 20,000 of its four electric cars.
Combined sales are far off the pace needed to meet Ghosn's 2011 forecast: 1.5 million by the end of the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2017.
Ghosn said the companies will reach the goal but maybe not on the original timetable: "I maintain the 1.5 million. It's going to be difficult to reach in 2016, but without any doubt it's still on the radar screen."
To pump up EV sales, Nissan will introduce three more models by 2016, including an electric version of its NV200 van. It has also introduced low-trim, entry-level variants of the Leaf to capture a lower price point.