The name for the Chinese version of the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a real touchy-feely vibe to it, if you can get past the snickering. The Japanese automaker and its Chinese collaborator, Dongfeng, will sell the EV as part of the partnership's Venucia advanced-powertrain sub-brand. The companies used the recent Guangzhou Auto Show to announce that the model will be called the "Morning Wind," according to China Car Times. No word on whether the reporter was cracking up while typing those words.
The Nissan-Dongfeng joint-venture first announced the Venucia brand in July 2011. Less than a year later, the China State Council said it hoped to have as many as 5 million plug-in vehicles on China's roads by 2020 as a way to address pollution issues with rapidly growing pollution in the country's largest cities. As a result, companies like General Motors and Tesla have included China in their vehicle-electrification strategies.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Dongfeng, China's third-largest automaker, will gear up to start production on its Fengshen E30 EV electric city car next year. That model was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012. Earlier this year, Donfeng-Nissan showed off the Viwa Concept EV.