Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to Unveil 35 EVs by 2030

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has defined a common roadmap to electrification, which will see 35 new electric vehicles brought to market by 2030 using shared software platforms, electronics and battery tech.

The Alliance will invest €23 billion (AUD$36.5bn) over the next five years to support its strategy, starting with the introduction of a new software platform for small cars.

The new CMF-BEV platform, to be launched in 2024, will underpin five cars from Nissan, Renault, Alpine and Dacia, including the forthcoming Renault R5 and newly announced replacement for the Nissan Micra.

The platform has been described as the “game-changer” by Renault CEO Luca de Meo, who claims it will reduce costs by 33 per cent and reduce power consumption by 10 per cent compared with the current platform.

“It will be the key to democratizing electric cars,” he said. “For the very first time, EVs will be able to compete with internal combustion engines in this segment.”

Other platforms available for use include the Kei-EV platform for ultra-compact mini cars in Japan, the CMF-AEV platform that’s employed on the Dacia Spring, the commercial LCV-EV used on the Kangoo and the CMF-EV used on the Nissan Ariya and soon-to-be-launched Megane E-Tech.

The three brands will also share software and electronics, with a claimed three million cars already connected to the Alliance Cloud.

By 2026, more than five million Alliance cloud systems will be delivered per year, with 25 million total cars on the road. This will make it the first global, mass-market OEM to introduce the Google ecosystem in its cars.

The Alliance will also launch its first so-called ‘software-defined’ vehicle in 2024, using powerful central computer chips that can be updated over the air.

As well as grand plans for further expansion into electric vehicles, the companies also clarified their common battery strategy and promised production capacity to 220GWh in the future. They hope to reduce battery costs by 50 per cent in 2026 and 65 per cent by 2028 from current levels.

It also gave further details on its common vision for all-solid-state battery technology. The aim is to mass produce solid-state batteries by mid-2028, and in the future beyond that to realise cost parity with ICE vehicles, accelerating the global shift to EVs.

Source: Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance | Renault, Nissan & Mitsubishi Motors announce common roadmap

28 January 2022

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