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Nissan to launch only electrified models here from 2022

Nissan Motor said all new models it launches from 2022 will be electrified, becoming the first carmaker to set such a goal here.

Japan's second biggest vehicle-maker said at the Singapore Motorshow yesterday that in three years' time, all its new models arriving here will be fully battery-powered or hybrids.

Mr Ron Lim, head of sales and marketing at Nissan agent Tan Chong Motor, told The Straits Times up to seven electrified Nissan models will be due by 2022.

Kicking off this programme is the battery-powered Leaf, which was unveiled at the event.

The car, which has a range of at least 250km, is expected to be priced below $150,000.

Next will be the Nissan Serena e-Power, a multi-purpose vehicle driven by an electric motor with batteries kept constantly charged by a small petrol generator. It will be launched later this year.

Besides superior efficiency, its road tax is less than one-third that of a conventional petrol car of the same size.

Electric models took centre stage at yesterday's event, with half a dozen zero-emission models being showcased.

These included the Hyundai Kona Electric and Jaguar I-Pace - both of which promise a driving range of 400km or more.

On the sidelines of the show, private-hire player Grab confirmed it had bought 200 Kona Electric cars, with the first 20 hitting the road today.

The rental for the battery-powered car is $80 a day - equivalent to comparable petrol models. Grab said its drivers get a 30 per cent discount on electricity charges at SP Group's network of chargers.

In all, 25 launches and unveilings took place at the Singapore Motorshow, which showcased 140 cars across 31 brands.

The show kicked off as the motor trade enters a year of uncertainty.

Motor Traders Association president Glenn Tan said the certificate of entitlement (COE) supply is expected to shrink - by around 10 per cent - this year. But he said COE prices may not change significantly in spite of that because of bearish economic sentiments.

The wild card is new private-hire firm Gojek, which is seen to be heating up demand for cars.

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