A Nissan representative has told British media the second generation of the Qashqai could eventually receive an electric version.

A Nissan representative has told British media the second generation of the Qashqai could eventually receive an electric version.

The company's European sales and marketing chief Guillaume Cartier suggested an electrified Qashqai could happen, but not from day one when the second-gen arrives in showrooms. The car will be reportedly unveiled next month and is set to go on sale early 2014. Later on during the model's lifespan we might see an EV derivative using an evolution of the technology found in the Leaf and NV 200 EV.

Nissan's plans are to extend their EV portfolio but this will be done on all-new models as the technology isn't going to be retrofitted into existing cars. In other words, future EVs wearing the Nissan badge will be engineered right from the start to be compatible with an electric motor, battery pack and the rest of the hardware necessary for an EV.

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Second-gen Nissan Qashqai could receive an EV version