Nissan, Honda Partnership – Automakers Shake Hands to Shake Up EVs

Since March, speculation regarding a collaboration has swirled around Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda. Now, they are making their partnership official. What implications might this have for the future of electric vehicles in the global market?

Nissan and Honda’s Partnership Goals

Nissan and Honda are Japan’s second and third biggest automakers, so why would two direct competitors want a partnership? Software. According to the Japan Times, the goal of the move was to catch up with Chinese competitors who had taken a decisive lead in EVs while Japanese companies concentrated more on hybrid cars. Electric Cars are more computer than motor these days and software is a crucial and ever-changing part of the electric vehicle future.

With this alliance, the two automakers aim to outpace Chinese manufacturers in the Eastern market and beyond. Together their project focus could involve vehicle function software, wireless update software, charging infrastructure updates, supplementary goods, and battery development.

Partnership Timeline

Both Nissan and Honda are staying quiet about in-depth developments, but it’s safe to speculate that since the March announcement, the companies are now settling on the finer details of the agreement. With lower production costs due to the partnership, EV costs to rival Tesla and other aggressive upcoming competitors could translate into higher sales if the lower production costs also translate into lower ticket prices at the dealership.

Ultimately, this partnership is the direct symptom of a worldwide trend of traditional automakers joining to survive and thrive in the EV era. With their resources and minds combined, standardizing vehicle software that’s easy for drivers to learn along with streamlining charging hardware that works with the growing infrastructure of charging stations could transform the electric vehicle market into the dominant fuel type on the road. Whatever happens, we eagerly await to see what will come out of this meeting of the minds.

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At Bush Auto Group, we have the best selection of electrified and fully electric Nissan vehicles in Chester County. Whether you’re looking for something sporty like the 2024 Nissan Leaf or a car that can match your thirst for adventure like the new 2024 Nissan Ariya, we are determined to find the vehicle of our dreams. View our specials for great deals on our available models or contact us with any questions about any of our models.

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Five Fun Things to Do in Philly This July

July is Philly month! As one of the cities central to the creation of the United States, Philly does July big. Here are five fun events in Philly this month that are perfect for everyone.

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fest

Philly does July big. As one of the original capitals of the United States, Independence Day month means many events happening all over town, but none are so big as the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fest. This 16-day celebration ends on the Fourth with a massive free concert and a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Before the main event, the festival fills 16 days with numerous performances, celebrations, and activities. Highlights include free admission to 40 museums and attractions, a block party celebrating Freedom Day outside the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the cherished annual Wawa Hoagie Day at Independence Mall, and much more.

Red, White, and Blueberries BBQ Bash

Where Wawa Welcome to America ends, Red, White, and Blueberries BBQ Bash at Peddler’s Village begins. This all-day, all-American outdoor BBQ begins on July 4th, kicking off a four-day party including blueberry treats, live music, lawn games, pony rides, eating contests, axe-throwing, mural painting, shopping, and exquisite dining! It’s fun for the whole family!

Reading Terminal Market Ice Cream Festival

Cool down this summer with a sweet treat at Reading Terminal Market’s Ice Cream Festival on Filbert! This outdoor, high-energy event draws locals and tourists alike to the heart of Center City on July 13th to celebrate local artisanal ice cream and Bassetts Ice Cream. Come for the ice cream, stay for the entertainment with a full day of activities, demonstrations, and live music from 12 PM to 4 PM.

2024 Philly Chinatown Summer Festival

Taking place on Saturday July 20th, from 1 PM – 7PM in Chinatown along 10th St and Race St, the Chinatown Summer Festival is one of the most fun community events this month! Featuring neighborhood restaurants, food trucks, local artists, and performers showing the best that the community has to offer, it’s a must-see. Looking for a challenge? Try your appetite against the Bonchon Korean fried chicken eating contest at 2 PM in front of the Chinatown Friendship Gate. Sign up now!

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

The annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival returns to Saunders Park on 39th and Powelton on July 20th from 12 PM to 7 PM! Come Jazz with spectacular live performances, local vendors, fun activities, and delicious food trucks. This all-day event is open to the public and is rain or shine. Visit HopePHL’s Jazz & Arts Festival page for more information!

Get to Philly’s Top July Events in Style

At Bush Auto Group, we’re proud to be members of our amazing, ever-growing community. Whether you’re a forever local or a recent newcomer, we hope you’ll enjoy summer in the city and discover everything the Philadelphia area has to offer. Cruise from event to event in style with our wide inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles and make sure your car is serviced before going on all of your summer adventures. Our team of experts is excited to meet you and ensure you can have a great month safely in a reliable ride you’ll love!

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“Our Future is EV” Nissan’s Electric Future Sparks Excitement

While other Japanese manufacturers side with ICEs, Nissan committed to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring the future of our planet through EVs.

Nissan’s Commitment to Electric

Confirmed by Nissan’s VP for Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania regions, Nissan is reaffirming that electric is the way forward. Nissan put forward their plans toward revolutionizing more efficient electric vehicle batteries with stunning amounts of range last month, showing that the future is electric, and Nissan intends to lead the field.

While Nissan isn’t planning on developing new internal combustion engines (ICE) for the markets mentioned above, they do plan to develop the technologies of their new e-Power hybrid systems as a “stepping stone” to full electrification. This is likely due to the continuous development of charging infrastructure around the world. Many countries continue to catch up, but other markets have led the world in electric infrastructure updates.

These announcements may not come into effect immediately in the United States and other Western markets as there is still developing electric infrastructure, but Nissan’s efforts towards electrification worldwide seem to hint that this strategy will be coming to all markets sooner or later.

What This Means for ICE Gas Engines

Nissan intends to keep selling conventional gas and diesel internal combustion engine vehicles but without further advancements in their technology. Instead, the company aims to channel its efforts into enhancing hybrid and plug-in powertrains, prioritizing electric vehicles in its research and development endeavors.

The timeline for completely phasing out combustion engines hasn't been confirmed by Nissan yet. It's contingent upon regulatory requirements and market demands in different regions. However, Nissan's European branch has announced plans to exclusively offer electric vehicles by 2030, starting in September 2023. As for the United States, the specific timing remains uncertain—we'll need to wait and see.

Electric Nissans for All

Nissan’s EV future can’t come soon enough but until more is revealed, come sample the best electric vehicles Nissan has to offer at Bush Auto Group. We offer EVs in all shapes and sizes, with a well-equipped service department to keep your new car running smoothly. Get ahead of the EV curve today by calling or visiting Bush Auto Group and scheduling a test drive!

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