Nissan’s Shift to Electric Vehicles: The Retirement of the Altima Sedan
The popular midsize Altima sedan will ride off into the sunset in 2025 as Nissan shifts its focus to electric vehicles. However, the automaker isn’t abandoning the sedan segment altogether.
Retiring the Gas-Powered Altima
Nissan’s Altima was a top choice for families and commuters due to its functionality and budget-friendly appeal, consistently ranking among Nissan’s bestselling vehicles.
During the second quarter, the Altima was Nissan’s third top-selling model (30,409 units sold), trailing behind the Sentra (34,938) and Rogue (71,246).
Transitioning to Electric
The gas-powered Altima, despite receiving a design update, including a new grille, redesigned logo, modern infotainment, and enhanced safety features last year, is expected to be discontinued once the current model’s production ends around 2025.
Nissan’s strategy shift towards electrification, known as Nissan Ambition 2030, responds to changing customer needs and the evolving business environment. The company now aims for a lineup comprising 55% electrification, a 5% increase from previous plans.
Future Electric Lineup
Will Nissan reintroduce the Altima as an electric vehicle? Insights from Nissan’s upcoming production plans hint at possibilities.
The introduction of the LEAF in 2010 marked Nissan’s foray into global EVs, followed by the all-electric Ariya SUV launched in the US in late 2022.
According to Nissan’s supplier schedule, the automaker intends to expand its EV lineup beyond SUVs. Plans include producing a pair of electric sedans at its Canton, Mississippi, facility starting in 2026, followed by electric crossovers over the next two years.
Showcasing Next-Gen Electric Models
Dealers were recently given a preview of Nissan’s next-gen electric models, providing a glimpse into the automaker’s future lineup.
The showcase included three electric models set to roll out over the coming years. Among them, a performance sedan was highlighted, potentially serving as a replacement for the Maxima.
Additionally, dealers were informed about a crossover-style coupe, anticipated as the successor to the Nissan LEAF. Expected to offer 25% more range than the current version, it might achieve approximately 265 miles of range, described by some as a “mini-Ariya.”
Innovation in Battery Technology
Nissan is emphasizing its progress in solid-state batteries, claiming these batteries are more compact and can provide 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging. Pilot production is slated to commence at Nissan’s Yokohama plant next year.