Nissan’s R&D Chief Mitsuhiko Yamashita says that carbon fiber is too expensive and too durable, which makes it unsuitable for vehicles. Don’t expect Nissan or Infiniti models to use carbon fiber in the near future. Read more of the interview here.

This week, published excerpts from an interview with Nissan’s Global Research and Development Chief Mitsuhiko Yamashita, from a group interview at the Tokyo Motor Show. You may recall news about the BMW i3 construction, which included carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and aluminum structure. Yamashita said that the use of carbon-fiber is not something Nissan will consider for its automotive vehicles in the near future.

“Carbon fiber is a very interesting technology, but I would say that it has two conditions which make it unsuitable for vehicle application,” argued Yamashita. “Number one is it’s very expensive; number two it’s too durable.”

Yamashita noted that carbon fiber can last more than 30 years.

“We don’t need such a material…That means we cannot sell a new car in 30 years,” Yamashita quipped, adding that only if we see a see a change in how cars are seen, and we start recycling platforms and rebodying them, then he could make an argument for utilizing carbon fiber, which is an extremely durable technology, reports

Yamashita said that these factors make carbon fiber a good choice for airplanes, but due to these reasons and because it’s expensive to handle in manufacturing, Nissan will not go this route.

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