Nissan Working On A Smaller Electric Hatchback — This Or The BladeGlider?

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Japanese carmaker Nissan is looking at smaller rather than racier ways to expands its electric car lineup.

According to British magazine Auto Express, Nissan is looking to expand its electric car range with a new small car, which will be the size of Ford Fiesta hatchback, and will sit under the popular Leaf electric hatchback in Nissan's lineup.

Nissan has sold a whopping 230,000 examples of the Leaf since the electric supermini was unveiled in August 2010.

Nissan is already at work planning a new version of the Leaf which will remain true to the currnet car's hatchback style.

The smaller hatchback though is expected to make its way onto the showrooms faster than the BladeGlider concept (pictured above). Gareth Dunsmore, the man in charge of Nissan's EV programme in Europe, told Auto Express that a sports car is not a priority for the brand.

Dunsmore said, "We've invested $5.4bn (£4.1bn) in electric cars such as the Leaf, so we need to ensure we're satisfying as many types of customer as possible. In Europe, that could mean looking towards B-segment hatches [Ford Fiesta size] and SUVs or crossovers."

The smaller Nissan electric hatchback could end up using the Renault ZOE's platform, battery technology, and production facility at Flins in France.

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