A spirit of optimism in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance: The three partners want to advance their transformation to electric mobility in the next five years with joint investments of billions. The ultimate goal is the climate neutrality of the alliance by 2050, as the partners announced on Thursday.
With 35 new models, five new platforms and the entry into Festkrper battery technology, Allianz wants to consolidate its position in the global volume market. A new division of labour within the alliance is intended to save billions of euros. Among other things, it has been agreed to standardize the battery modules throughout the alliance, said Renault CEO Luca de Meo.
By 2027, the three manufacturers want to invest a total of 23 billion euros in the electrification of their fleets. Ten billion of these are to be used as early as 2023. By the cut-off date of 2030, a total of 35 new, all-electric models are to be available from the three partners.
However, the majority of this total amount is already included in the electrification plans of the three manufacturers published so far. Renault had published its “Renaulution” plan in January 2021, Nissan in November its “Ambition 30” plan.
Commenting on the announcements, Allianz President Jean-Dominique Senard, the former Renault CEO, said: “Some have thought in recent months that Allianz is not developing anything, doing nothing. But on the contrary, the alliance is alive, we have worked hard and today you can see the result.”
Nissan Micra chooses all-electric successor
Among other things, Nissan is abandoning the previous long-running Micra and will replace it with a new, all-electric small car, which will be based on the alliance platform CMF BEV and will be built in Renault plants in the north of France (Renault ElectriCity).
With the help of only five common platforms, the three manufacturers want to be able to build 90 percent of all models. Special vehicle architectures will then only be available for niche vehicles such as the sports cars from Nissan and Renault.
The main platforms and models are:
– CMF-AEV: electric small car platform already in use in the Dacia Spring and from the Chinese partner Dongfeng
– CMF-B: an important platform for volume models such as the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke; however, the integration here is not yet as deep as with the upcoming popular platforms; this platform gets a boost with the new Mitsubishi ASX, which is to be launched on the market in 2023 and will then also be available as a hybrid and PHEV variant; also the successor of the Renault Captur comes at the end of 2023 and will use this platform
– CMF-EV: Platform for the large C-segment, it will be used for the first time in the new Mgane e-Tech and in the upcoming Nissan Ariya
– CMF-D: platform for vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the new Renault Austral
– LCV-EV: common commercial vehicle platform, for example for the Renault Kangoo and the Nissan Town star
– KEI-EV: an important vehicle class in Japan and some Asian markets are the micro-cars (Kei-cars), here Nissan and Mitsubishi cooperate more closely than before
Nissan for battery development, Renault electronics architecture
Nissan takes on the leadership role in the development of the new battery technology with solid batteries in the alliance. Renault, on the other hand, has been chosen to develop the electronic architecture of the new models. By 2025, the first “full software defined vehicle” is to be available.
This will significantly change the strategy of the “leader follower” principle defined in May 2020, which essentially represented a regional market sharing. Instead, the focus is now on synergies in development and production.
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