ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle with part of its battery.

Nissan bucks the tide in electric-car age

Carmaker raises eyebrows by unloading battery unit to Chinese fund

ITSURO FUJINO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor's planned sale of an electric-car-battery subsidiary to a Chinese investment fund stands out in a sector where many rivals are pouring more resources into building the key component of increasingly popular electric vehicles.

The bold move seems to comport with the head-over-heart approach of charismatic Chairman Carlos Ghosn even as it raises concerns over disadvantaging Nissan down the road. Whether the company's foresight proves to be 20/20 remains to be seen.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more