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Future Of Electric Cars Depends On China, Says Nissan CEO Ghosn

• http://www.greencarreports.com, Stephen Edelstein
 China is the future of the electric car.

At least, that's what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes.

Speaking to the Associated Press at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, he said the car industry is carefully watching China to see how it decides to reduce emissions.

When the Chinese do make their move, it will bring on "the explosion of the electric car," Ghosn said. (His words, not ours.)
 

While no one wants exploding electric cars, it's not surprising that Ghosn is hoping for an increase in demand from China.

Both Renault and Nissan have bet heavily on electricity as the ultimate alternative to fossil fuels.

Together, Renault and Nissan have sold over 100,000 electric cars, the majority of them Nissan Leafs.

Nissan sold 2,420 Leafs in the United States last month, a new high for the model, and will have sold about 80,000 globally by the end of this month.

Will China keep Renault-Nissan's electric car sales streak alive?

A vast fleet of electric cars is one of the main goals of the Chinese government's "new energy vehicle" policy, although how it will actually boost sales remains a bit of a mystery.

"New energy vehicle" originally meant electric cars, but the government revised the standard in 2011, shifting the focus to hybrids and other technologies that could potentially boost fuel efficiency.

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