Leveraging economies of scale, the partnership of Renault-Nissan plans to expand their electric car offerings, according to a new strategic plan outlined this week.
Following Renault-Nissan’s Fall 2016 acquisition of Mitsubishi, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan CEO and chairman of Mitsubishi, announced the company’s Alliance 2022 plan in Paris on Friday. Aiming to maintain its position as an EV powerhouse while taking the lead on autonomous and connected-car technologies, the new plan calls for no fewer than a dozen new full-electric vehicles by the calendar year 2022.
“We are going to use the scale we have to build more competitive advantages for the future,” Ghosn said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “The big guys are going to have a big advantage in this situation.”
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Echoing plans from manufacturers like VW who plan to use the same platform across multiple brands and nameplates, the Alliance said a new platform will provide the underpinnings for an entire future generation of electric cars. The next Nissan Leaf (not the new model introduced this year) and Renault Zoe EVs will both use this platform.
Those 12 full-electric vehicles mentioned above that are due by 2022? They will utilize common platforms and components across all three Alliance brands. This, believes the Alliance, will lead to substantial savings through a manufacturer’s best friend: economies of scale.
Another common platform will reportedly be developed for midsize vehicles, adding to the current Common Module Family architecture presently in the Alliance’s wheelhouse. Mitsubishi, a new partner in the Renault-Nissan alliance, is said to be gaining access to this platform by the year 2020.
Renault-Nissan know what they’re talking about when it comes to EVs. The first-generation Nissan Leaf remains the world’s highest-production electric car today. More than a quarter-million copies have been sold since December 2010.
The Renault Zoe, a hatchback one size smaller than the Leaf, is Europe’s best-selling electric car. It uses largely separate underpinnings than the Leaf, helping to explain the Alliance’s excitement about the Leaf and Zoe sharing a platform.
As of December 2016, the Alliance is the world’s leading plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer, with global sales since 2010 of almost 425,000 pure electric vehicles, including those manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors who is now part of the Alliance.
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