- So far, Nissan has sold 15,000 Leaf vehicles.
- The company wants to sell 1.5 million electric cars by 2016.
- It also plans to improve fuel economy by 35 percent.
Japanese auto giant Nissan is aiming to sell 1.5 million electric vehicles around the world by 2016, the company said Monday, as it looks to capitalize on growing demand for green products.
Japan's second-largest automaker behind Toyota said it wants to be the world's largest player in so-called "zero-emission vehicles", including a new fuel cell electric vehicle developed with Daimler.
The company, which is 43.8 percent owned by French partner Renault, has sold 15,000 Leaf electric cars, the only model it produces, but plans to add a further seven models across the group.
"More consumers are demanding products in line with their values, including cars and trucks with a lower carbon footprint. At the same time, we are using technology to make our factories greener and more efficient," said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.