The availability of Nissan Motor Co’s Ariya, a new electric SUV, will be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and a global shortage of chips, an official of the car maker said on Friday.

Last year Nissan said it planned to begin sales of the Ariya in Japan from mid-2021. But the rollout of the limited model in the Asian nation has been pushed to “this winter”, the firm’s executive vice president, Asako Hoshino, told reporters.

The Ariya is Nissan’s first EV in a decade after the Leaf hatchback which made its mark as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle.

The long-range version of the Ariya is expected to travel up to 610 kilometres on a single charge.


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