The Renault–Nissan Alliance expanded recently to include the Japanese Mitsubishi Motors, makers of the best selling plug-in Hybrid, the Outlander PHEV. With the expansion brings opportunities to share electric car technology bringing down costs and driving up profits.
“Alliance 2022”, a six-year plan announced by the group, has set a new target to double annual synergies to €10 billion by the end of the plan. To achieve this target, on one side Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies.
For drivers this will see 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles to be launched by 2022, utilising new common electric vehicle platforms and components for multiple segments. Over the same period, 40 vehicles will be introduced with different levels of autonomy, all the way to fully autonomous capability.
This year, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors became the world’s largest automotive group by sales volume. In the first half of 2017, volumes increased by seven percent year-on-year to 5.27 million units, whilst aggregate sales of electric vehicles reached a combined total of more than 500,000 units.
Nissan recently revealed the revised LEAF, the go to top selling compact electric car. Additionally, Renault also revised it’s ZOE model. Both models bring all important battery capacity and with it more range.
The plan in detail:
• Common, scalable EV platforms for multiple segments by 2020, with a forecast that 70 percent of EV volumes will be based on shared platforms by 2022
• A new family of EV motor and batteries to be introduced from 2020, shared across the member companies
• 12 new pure electric vehicles to be launched by 2022
• More than 600km EV range reached by 2022, based on NEDC calculation
• 30 percent decrease in battery cost from 2016 to 2022
• 15 minutes charging time to deliver range of 230km by 2022, upfrom 90km in 2016, based on NEDC calculation
• Optimised, flat packaging of the battery, providing additional cabin space and greater styling flexibility
• Adoption of Mitsubishi Motors’ new PHEV technology as the common C/D segment PHEV solution by 2022