Nissan teases electric pickup to challenge Tesla and Rivian


TOKYO – Nissan is teasing a fully electric pickup truck as part of its next-gen product plan, in a possible response to off-road offerings on offer by everyone from Ford to Tesla.

The Surf-Out Concept is a funky, outdoor activity vehicle with what looks like an open cabin in the back for easy access to the grass catcher. The tailgate is fully digitized for lighting as well as messaging. Meanwhile, a stylish awning can be pulled over the cargo area for added privacy and protection.

Up front, the grille is surrounded by wraparound lighting and features the brand’s name.

The Surf-Out is one of the three new all-electric concepts shown by Nissan on Monday as the company announced an investment of 2,000 billion yen ($ 17.65 billion) over the next five years to accelerate the push for electrified vehicles with 23 new entrants globally by the end of the decade .

All three concepts plan to use thinner, lighter and more powerful solid-state batteries that Nissan promises to launch by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2029.

“Batteries will be the key to the transition,” CEO Makoto Uchida said, unveiling the concepts in an online briefing. “With smaller, thinner batteries, we can offer flexible configurations, with more dynamic performance, expanding to larger segments, like pickup trucks. “


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