Nissan shows off two-seat concept electric vehicle

Nissan has unveiled a two-seat electric vehicle resembling a go-cart that isn’t ready for sale but spotlights the automaker’s ambitions to be the leader in zero-emission cars.

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Conceptualize: Nissan Motor Co.’s two-seat electric vehicle Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT is shown in a computer rendering. AP PHOTO

Nissan Motor Co. is planning to produce 250,000 electric vehicles a year, starting with the Leaf, which is set for delivery in Japan and the U.S. in December and next year in Europe.

Its alliance partner, Renault SA of France, plans to produce another 250,000 EVs a year.

The two companies together will produce 500,000 batteries for EVs a year, said Nissan, which makes batteries with electronics maker NEC Corp.

"We don’t want EVs to be a niche product," Corporate Vice President Hideaki Watanabe told reporters at the company’s Yokohama headquarters.

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