To have 35 electric vehicles on the road by 2030, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has announced intentions to invest $25.8 billion (€23 billion). As part of this plan, the group will establish five new platforms shared across brands and have 80 percent everyday use as part of a “smart differentiation” approach. Nissan revealed a teaser for one of the first vehicles to be built on one of those platforms: an all-electric small car that would be launched in Europe to replace the automaker’s popular Micra.
The Alliance is concentrating on pure electric vehicles as well as “intelligent and linked mobility.” A “smart differentiation” system is being implemented to enhance commonality amongst cars. This will allow the pooling of platforms, manufacturing facilities, powertrains, and vehicle segments. “For example, the single platform for the C and D segments will support five vehicles from three Alliance brands (Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, Renault Austral, and a planned seven-seater SUV),” according to a news statement from Renault Group.
To accomplish this, it unveiled five distinct platforms, including the affordable CMF-AEV platform, which serves as the foundation for Renault’s entry-level Dacia Spring vehicle, the mini-vehicle KEI-EV platform for ultra-compact EVs, and the LCV platform, which serves as the foundation for commercial vehicles such as the Renault Kangoo and Nissan Town Star. In addition, the Alliance is presently using CMF-EV for crossover vehicles such as the Nissan Ariya and Renault Megane E-Tech.
The CMF-BEV platform will be utilized for small electric vehicles, with prices reduced by 33% and consumption reduced by 10% compared to the present Renault Zoe. It will serve as the manufacturing base for 250,000 automobiles per year under the Renault, Nissan, and Alpine brands, including the Renault R5 and Nissan’s planned electric vehicle to replace the Micra, both of which will be built there.
A second press release from Nissan teased the car, showing it off in a gloomy picture and a short video (above). The vehicle, which will be constructed at the Renault ElectriCity facility in Northern France, has yet to be given a name, a price, or a launch date. In a statement, Nissan CEO Ashwani Gupta said, “This all-new model will be designed by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault on our new common platform.” “By maximizing the use of our Alliance assets while maintaining Nissan’s uniqueness, we will be able to create a vehicle that is truly Nissan-like.” According to the Alliance, this is a fantastic illustration of their innovative differentiation’ strategy.
Renault Group also announced that it will adopt a shared battery strategy to reach 220 GWh of manufacturing capacity by 2030. According to the company, it intends to lower battery prices by 50 percent in 2026 and by 65 percent in 2028. All-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) are expected to be commercially available by 2028, with Nissan serving as the project’s project manager “based on its extensive knowledge and unique experience as a pioneer in battery technology.”
The Alliance also said that it hoped to have 25 million cars linked to its cloud system by 2026, which would allow for OTA (over-the-air) upgrades similar to those offered by Tesla. In addition, Renault Group said that the Alliance would be the “first global, mass-market OEM to implement the Google ecosystem inside its vehicles.”
The declaration comes on the heels of Renault’s announcement that it will electrify two-thirds of its vehicles by 2025, with around 90 percent of its cars electrified by 2030. Last year, both Renault and Nissan said that they did not want to work together tighter, with Renault claiming that the businesses “do not need a combination to be efficient.” With the new platforms and collaboration, the shared media with “smart differentiation” will be essential to achieving this goal.