Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is remaining upbeat about the future of pure electric cars, even as executives at Honda are expressing concern.
Ghosn, the force behind Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle, recently told The Wall Street Journal, “You see a lot of skepticism in the industry. If a competitor doesn’t have an electric car, they are skeptical. When the public jumps in, they are going to say, ‘Why didn’t we see this earlier?’ My biggest worry is that this market is going to grow too fast.”
Ghosn’s comments come on the heels of a very different viewpoint expressed by Honda. “We lack confidence,” said Tomohiko Kawanabe, president of Honda’s research and development unit, in a recent story in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek. “It’s questionable whether consumers will accept the annoyances of limited driving range and having to spend time charging them.”
Ghosn expects to sell 50,000 battery-electrics in the U.S., Japan and Europe in each of the next two years and believes the sales number will rocket to 500,000 in 2013.