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Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi will unveil a new electric plan – 01/23/2022 at 16:01


RENAULT, NISSAN AND MITSUBISHI WILL UNVEIL A NEW ELECTRICAL PLAN

by Norihiko Shirouzu

(Reuters) – Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp plan to triple investment to jointly develop electric vehicles (EVs), two people familiar with the project told Reuters.

As incumbent automakers face pressure from new competitors and an expected shift in demand towards electric vehicles, the Franco-Japanese alliance is looking to deepen its cooperation.

The three players are expected to announce on Thursday a plan to invest more than 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in the development of electric vehicles over the next five years, the sources said.

By 2030, the alliance is expected to offer more than 30 new battery electric vehicles based on five common platforms.

This ambition is in addition to the 10 billion euros that the partners have already spent on the electrification of their offer, specified the two sources familiar with the plan.

Spokespersons for Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The “Alliance to 2030” plan aims to implement “intensified cooperation” between automakers with a “shared vision on electrification and connected mobility”, a source said.

The five common platforms are expected to cover 90% of the electric vehicles the companies plan to develop and launch by 2030.

The alliance of the three companies has already developed and partially deployed four common electric vehicle platforms.

One serves as the basis for models such as Nissan’s forthcoming Ariya and Renault’s M├ęgane EV, another producing the more basic and cheaper models from Nissan and its Chinese market partner Dongfeng, as well as Renault’s Dacia brand. .

The other two platforms build compact models, called “kei cars” in Japan, and light commercial vehicles.

A FIFTH JOINT PLATFORM PLANNED BY 2025

By the middle of the decade, the alliance aims to roll out a common fifth platform for Renault-designed compact electric vehicles, the sources said.

Nissan has already decided to use this platform, called CMFB-EV, along with other standardized components, to electrify the Nissan Micra compact car, while Renault is expected to offer a similar electric car based on the same platform. the sources said.

Automakers hope to make compact electric vehicles as affordable as similarly sized gas-powered vehicles, the sources said.

They should use batteries and other key components in common. The alliance plans to jointly invest to produce in France, Britain, China and Japan a total of 220 gigawatt hours of battery capacity by 2030 under the plan, the sources said.

By standardizing and sharing batteries, the alliance hopes to halve the cost of manufacturing these parts.

The partners are also expected to share solid-state lithium-ion battery technology that Nissan has developed, the sources said.

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi executives were planning to announce the 2030 plan last fall at an event in Japan, but its presentation was postponed until this week due to a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country. , the sources said.

(French version Benjamin Mallet)



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