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Philippe Klein, Nissan's COO, said the automaker is ensuring its tests are safe.

The first expected vehicle in the electric offensive will be a crossover version of the Leaf that's previewed by the IMx concept of 2017 and due in 2019.

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Nissan has been conducting autonomous driving tests in London, Tokyo and California. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world's largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

Nissan also proposes to have ProPilot autonomous drive technology in 20 models in 20 markets by 2022 and to offer connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars by then. The new mid-term plan also looks to increase annual revenue by 30 per cent, reaching a target of 16.5 trillion yen by the end of FY 2022.

During that period, the Japanese automaker said it would develop eight new all-battery EVs, including four models for China, where it is planning to expand.

Last year, Nissan introduced a revamped version of its Leaf electric vehicle that cost almost $29,000 and can travel about 150 miles on a single charge. It will be followed by another, manufactured together with Dongfeng on an A-segment SUV platform.

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Two models are to be under the Venucia brand, he said.

The company is already offering its Nissan Note and Nissan Serena with the e-Power hybrid technology. It sold more than 129,000 Note e-Power models in Japan in its first year, with more than two-thirds of Note customers opting for e-Power models versus the baseline model, according to Nissan.

Nissan's target is that 40 per cent of total sales in Japan should be of electrified vehicles, by 2022 and the same figure is expected to touch 50 per cent by 2025. In the United Stated, it expects it to reach around 20-30 percent by 2025, while in China it expects 35-40 percent.

Japan's No. 2 automaker and its rivals are planning to crank up development and production of electric cars in response to tightening emissions regulations around the world, even as demand for such vehicles remains limited due to their high cost and limited charging infrastructure.

The latter now represents the majority of Nissan's "electrified vehicle" sales.

Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the US, the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle.


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