The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has announced plans to invest $25.8 billion (€23 billion) in order to reach a goal of 35 electric vehicles by 2030.
As part of a “smart differentiation” plan, the company will create five new platforms that will be shared across brands and will have an 80 percent common usage rate. Nissan teased one of the first cars based on one of those platforms, an all-electric small that will replace the popular Micra.
The Alliance is focusing on pure EVs and “intelligent & connected mobility,” with the goal of increasing vehicle commonality through a “smart differentiation” approach that allows for platform, production plant, powertrain, and vehicle segment pooling.
For example, the common platform for the C and D segment will carry five models from three brands of the Alliance (Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, Renault Austral and an upcoming seven-seater SUV).— Renault Group
To that aim, it presented five different platforms, including the CMF-AEV, which serves as the foundation for Renault’s cheap Dacia Spring, the KEI-EV platform for ultra-compact EVs, and the LCV platform for commercial vehicles such as the Renault Kangoo and Nissan Town Star. Another is CMF-EV, which the Alliance is now using for crossovers such as the Nissan Ariya and Renault Megane E-Tech.
Lastly, compared to the existing Renault Zoe, the CMF-BEV platform will be used for compact EVs, reducing prices by 33% and consumption by 10%.
It will be the home of 250,000 Renault, Nissan, and Alpine automobiles every year, including the Renault R5 and Nissan’s forthcoming EV to replace the Micra.
In a separate press release, Nissan teased that vehicle with a dark photo and a little video (above). No name, price, or launch date has been announced.
This all-new model will be designed by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform, maximizing the use of our Alliance assets while maintaining its Nissan-ness. This is a great example of the Alliance”s ‘smart differentiation” approach.— Ashwani Gupta, Nissan CEO
Renault Group has stated that it will follow a shared battery strategy, aiming for a production capacity of 220 GWh by 2030. It intends to cut battery costs by half in 2026 and by a third in 2028.
Nissan will be in charge of developing all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) by 2028, “based on its deep expertise and unique experience as a pioneer in battery technology.”
The Alliance also stated that by 2026, it planned to have 25 million automobiles connected to its cloud infrastructure, allowing for Tesla-style OTA (over-the-air) updates.
The Alliance will also be the first global, mass-market OEM to introduce the Google ecosystem in its cars.— Renault Group
The announcement comes on the heels of Renault’s promise that it would electrify two-thirds of its vehicles by 2025, with 90 percent EVs in its lineup by 2030.
Renault and Nissan ruled out a closer partnership last year, with Renault claiming that the companies “don’t need a merger to be efficient.” With the announcement of new platforms and cooperation, it appears that common platforms with “smart differentiation” will be key to that.