This is the Japanese manufacturer’s first hint of involvement in hybrid vehicles and was announced as part of 'Nissan Green Program 2010’.
Nissan will also be launching a hybrid Altima in selected states in the USA with borrowed technology from Toyota.
As part of the new green program, a new cleaner 2.0-litre diesel will be available in Europe in April. The group will accelerate development of plug-in hybrid technology and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from global manufacturing by 7% compared to 2005 by 2010.
Nissan said it wants to set up a new company or even join with another company to make and sell lithium-ion batteries.
In addition, Nissan said it will study the global rollout of its ‘Nissan Green Shop’ program, an initiative that aims to improve the environmental impact of its dealerships.