GUANGZHOU -- Nissan Motor will produce key components like batteries and motors for its Chinese-built electric vehicles starting in December.
The Japanese automaker's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group began producing the Sylphy Zero Emission electric car at a Guangdong Province factory in August. Some of the core electric parts are currently imported from abroad, but the Chinese operations will now handle their production.
Additionally, Nissan intends to have all its mainstay models produced by the joint venture to come with internet access capability by the end of the year. It is also looking into offering voice-enabled functions by collaborating with Chinese information technology companies.
The company plans to release 40 or more new models in the world's largest auto market by 2022, with half of them electric or hybrid. It has earmarked 60 billion yuan ($8.64 billion) for investment in China over five years through 2022.
China is pushing electric cars as part of an effort to address pollution. The government will mandate that a percentage of vehicles produced there be electric or hybrid starting next year.