We got a big announcement this week from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Basically, the trio plans to introduce 35 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2030.
We won’t see all these examples, don’t worry. Some Kei models will be reserved for the Japanese market while others are intended for the pickup truck world. However, several examples will certainly land with us.
The group also confirmed that the development of solid state batteries was in its plans.
The three manufacturers will undoubtedly benefit from the economies of scale that arise from the nature of their partnership. Indeed, many models of the Union are already based on a common structure. Consider the Nissan Sentra, which shares its seats with the third-generation Renault Scénic. Here, Rogue in Nissan and Outlander in Mitsubishi have several points in common.
Going forward, the aim will be to build 80% of the vehicles in the group’s global portfolio on a common architecture. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi are big companies that produce many models. So there is no single solution, but there is a way to work with a small number of platforms. The expected strategy to consider five.
The platforms involved will target the following niches: CMF-AEV for affordable electric vehicles; KEI-EV for Kei models; LCV for commercial products; CMF-EV to support standard models like Ariya SUV; CMF-BEV as the basis for approximately 250,000 electric vehicles that will be built annually from 2024.
Many of these vehicles will be equipped with a lithium-ion battery, a technology that remains at this time the best way to power an electric model. However, Nissan has been tasked with developing solid-state battery technology that promises to significantly reduce recharging times. The unit’s production entry is planned for mid-2028. It remains to be seen which models will benefit from it this time.
Connected services will also receive special attention. We will have a chance to return to this.
In total, this investment will require an injection of at least 23 billion euros over the next five years. We are talking about 32.7 billion Canadian dollars; It’s nothing…