Nissan Leaf E-Crossover, Sports Car Could Be Next Big Thing

Apr 18, 2016 09:14 AM EDT | Tes Christiansen

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The Nissan Leaf is getting more popular by the minute, with innovative solutions for driver-assistive services and renewable energy technology. News circuits have been quick to point out relevant info on the company's latest venture on its possible next big thing.

Nissan senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura shared in an AutoCar interview that the company is currently shaping a forthcoming vehicle that could run traditionally and on electricity at the same time, according to a CleanTechnica report. The executive had hinted on the development of an EV-crossover or sports car.

Nakamura takes pride in the company's reputation as a leading EV manufacturer, however, he stresses on not wanting to limit the EV lineup to the Nissan Leaf. The company is working towards expanding its mark in the industry, added Nakamura, as per the news agency.

DigitalTrends previously reported on the outcome expected for the Nissan Leaf's popularity as an EV. Nissan is gearing towards the unveiling of its newest modular architecture by 2021, and the next-gen Nissan Leaf is set to be released before 2017 ends.

"We're the leading EV manufacturer, but I don't think we can make it just off one EV, so we want to grow the portfolio - that's our next plan," said Nakamura. He also answered to speculation on whether the company is developing an e-sports car, that it is not the priority as of the moment. The process of making a sports car requires several hurdles before it would given the green light for production, according to the Nissan executive.

Although still an innovative idea, the Japanese auto manufacturer had already introduced the Esflow concept during the Geneva Auto Show last 2011. It was a highly acknowledged and evolutionary concept at that time, yet the company has remained mum on it, as per the news agency.

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