New Nissan Micra Previewed By Concept 20-23 Electric Vehicle

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The sporty concept looks ripe for production.

Nissan has revealed a brand-new electric concept simply dubbed 'Concept 20-23' to mark its European design studio's 20th anniversary. The "sporty, urban EV concept" was designed to celebrate Nissan Design Europe (NDE) opening its doors in Paddington, London back in 2003.

Very little information was provided about the Concept 20-23, but it looks superb. The concept takes the shape of a sub-compact hatchback, not unlike the Micra. For our US readers, the Micra is a small hatchback model similar to the Versa, a car that may be discontinued soon.

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Nissan has 19 EVs on the way by 2030, including two that have been confirmed for Europe, one of which will be a successor to the Micra that could be inspired by this concept. The other EV is still unconfirmed, but it will be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant as part of the one billion euro EV36Zero project.

In the US, two new EVs will be built at its Mississippi plant. We suspect one will be the new Maxima, while the other will come from Infiniti. As of now, the Nissan Ariya and Leaf are the brand's only EVs.

By 2030, the Japanese automaker says it plans to use cobalt-free technology to reduce EV battery costs by 65%. By 2028, Nissan will launch an EV with all-solid-state batteries (ASSB), bringing battery costs down to $75 per kWh and then to $65 per kWh by the end of the decade.

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Given that Nissan is planning to kill off the tiny Versa here in the US, it seems highly unlikely that a hatchback like this would make it stateside. It's a shame that the Concept 20-23 wouldn't be a fit for our market because we love its compact stature and race-focused exterior with large fender flares, air intakes, and rear spoiler. Those supercar doors aren't bad either.

"The EV is the ultimate mobility solution. More than a million customers have already joined our journey and experienced the fun of a Nissan electric vehicle, and there is no turning back now," said Makoto Uchida, Nissan President and CEO.

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