PHOTO CAPTION: Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn.

Carlos Ghosn: EV Visionary or Loon?

Wired interviews the head of Renault-Nissan Alliance, learning that he plans to invest $5.6 billion in EV technology.

Published: 18-Jun-2011

Carlos Ghosn is either a brilliant visionary or crazy as a loon.

The CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is easily the auto industry’s biggest advocate of electric vehicles, possessed of an enthusiasm bordering on fanaticism. Others may speak with louder voices, but no one is placing a bigger bet on cars with cords.

Ghosn is going all in with an investment of 4 billion Euros ($5.6 billion) in electric vehicles. That will give Renault-Nissan the capacity to build 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries at 11 factories in eight countries by 2013.


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