There’s been a lot of focus in the auto world on green cars as an alternative to the usual traditional gas engine, with more buyers being drawn to an ever-expanding selection of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs. Nissan was one of the first to put an electric car on the market with the Nissan LEAF, but the automaker never had a solid hybrid car in its lineup. Now, Nissan is reportedly teaming up with Mitsubishi in order to produce a new plug-in hybrid.
The partnership is the result of Nissan’s recent acquisition of a 34 percent stake in the company. The plan? Nissan has seen the success of Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV and wants to utilize the brand’s technology to develop its own plug-in hybrid.
Nissan’s European head of research and development Takashi Shirakawa commented in an announcement, “We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV. The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”
Shirakawa added also that, so far, all of Nissan’s electrified offerings have been smaller cars. The presence of a hybrid crossover on the market is what caught the brand’s eye and interested them in Mitsubishi, inspiring them to look into developing a larger and more family-friendly model for its new plug-in hybrid.