‘Governments are playing the game’

Nissan CEO Ghosn on the scale, cost and adoption of electric cars
Jun 15, 2013 4:25 PM

Nissan boss: Be patient with Leaf's progress

Talking to reporters last week, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said many consumers still don't have enough trust in electric-car technology to buy a Leaf or one of its competitors. But he says the auto maker's $5 billion bet on electric cars is still the way to go and that the Leaf's slow ramp "isn't going to shake the foundation of Nissan."

Apr 1, 2013 6:58 AM

Ghosn: Don't look for us to invest in Japan soon

The strong yen could create a "hollowing out" of the Japanese manufacturing sector over time, says Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn. In the short run, Ghosn doesn't plan on plowing money into Japanese capacity, instead betting on Brazil and other emerging markets for mass production and locally for its Leaf electric car.

Oct 25, 2011 8:38 AM

Renault/Nissan move into the Valley

The Renault Nissan Alliance are preparing to open a research and development office across the street from Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters that will look to tap into Silicon Valley's engineering and technology braintrust. The company says it will staff up as projects dictate and focus on work related to its electric-car investments.

Nissan will use the Silicon Valley office to focus on vehicle IT research, including graphical user-interface displays, in-car Internet connectivity and smart-grid research. Nissan's "Carwings" telematics system, a standard in every Nissan LEAF, includes a seven-inch touchscreen with maps of recharging stations and real-time reports on energy consumption.

Jun 14, 2011 8:35 AM

Nissan CEO discusses post-earthquake production improvements

Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn told Bloomberg that less than 20 percent of its suppliers are still in critical condition following Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster in March (down from 40 percent). To prevent future production disruptions, the Japanese-based automaker will "ask second- and third-tier suppliers to implement 'alternate sourcing' of components, which they currently lack.

“If Nissan can go back to full production in October, that is fast,” said Tadashi Usui, an analyst at Moody’s K.K. in Tokyo. “The loss from the earthquake is smaller for Nissan as its domestic output level is only half of Toyota’s.”

May 13, 2011 8:13 AM

Lipscomb's green business award winners

Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice last week recognized winners of its second annual Green Business Leadership Awards. The winners, listed below, were selected by a committee of five business and non-profit representatives from a statewide sustainable business roundtable.

Community Servant of the Year: Mayor Karl Dean

CEO of the Year: Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co.

Green Product of the Year: Nissan Leaf electric car

Public Official of the Year: State Sen. Andy Berke

Southeast Regional Green Business Innovator: Tabitha Crawford, division president, Balfour Beatty Energy Solutions

Tennessee Green Innovator: William Pomakoy, Rhodes Car International

Sustainable Excellence by Design: Collier Construction of Chattanooga

Sustainable Food Leader of the Year: Jeremy Barlow, owner of Tayst

 Green Service of the Year: Bobby Bandy, Earthsavers

Sustainable Achiever of the Year: Tiffany Wilmot, president, Wilmot Inc.

Apr 25, 2011 12:02 PM

On Ghosn and GM

Linsday Chappell at Automotive News says we shouldn't be one bit surprised if Carlos Ghosn decides to buy big into General Motors before or as part of the auto maker's planned IPO.
Nor should we forget that 11 years ago, Renault similarly freed up a pile of cash and used it to buy a controlling interest in Japan's Nissan Motor Co. And ever since, Ghosn has had the unusual habit of doing pretty much everything he says he intends to do. Sell off Nissan's inefficient parts operations. Find a partner in Russia. Move upscale in Europe. Enter the electric vehicle business ...
Oct 22, 2010 11:24 AM

Ghosn: Electric cars not 'static technology'

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was at the Paris Auto Show last week selling his company's plans for electric cars. He reiterated the company's stance that it's a pioneer investing for mass production — Nissan is building capacity for 500,000 cars a year — and dismissed potential worries about having to share (voluntarily or not) the technology behind lithium-ion batteries. "I don't think this is a static technology. This is something that is in continuous development," he said. Companies and countries who want the technology "can get this technology and then they're going to have to continue to work on it." That dynamic has the potential to be good long-term news for the auto maker's Smyrna operations, which is one of the sites preparing to crank out the lithium-ion batteries.
Oct 4, 2010 7:25 AM

Nissan CEO: Auto industry 'steadily getting there'

CNN's Ali Velshi talks with Carlos Ghosn about his offer to bring GM into the Renault-Nissan fold, the improving health of the auto sector and how he sees electric cars accounting for 10 percent of the market 10 years from now. Then the audio cuts out.
Sep 10, 2010 1:33 PM

Nissan CEO: It's going to be a record year

Speaking at a press conference in Mexico, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said he expects 2010 to be a record year or the global auto industry.
"Europe is going through a tough period, and the United States is recovering well from the collapse that took place two years ago," Ghosn said.
In June Nissan North America reported a more than 10 percent sales increase.
Jul 16, 2010 11:58 AM