Nissan: 1.5 Million Clean Cars By 2016

Nissan Motors has announced an ambitious six-year environmental plan that includes being the no. 1 seller of zero emission vehicles.  The Nissan Green Program 2016 will focus in three areas including: reduction of carbon footprint, shift to renewable energy and an increase in the diversity of resources used by Nissan.

Under the plan, the car maker aims to have cumulative sales of 1.5 million units of zero-emission vehicles by 2016 across the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan, along with its strategic partner, Daimler, is intent on leading the development of an all new fuel cell electric vehicle.

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Also outlined in the Green Plan is an initiative to launch products that improve fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the 2005 models. Specifically, the company is looking at the release of an all-new front wheel drive hybrid model, an all-new plug-in hybrid model and a next-generation variable transmission model.

Along with changes to its cars, part of the plan is to lower the company’s corporate carbon footprint. The company says it plans to introduce the use of renewable energy alternatives at its manufacturing and corresponding facilities. It also plans to recycle materials and parts for use in new vehicles and achieve a recycled resource usage rate of 25 percent by 2016.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.