The Renault Nissan Alliance currently reigns supreme as the top electric vehicle manufacturer – after all the Leaf is the world’s bestselling EV and the Renault Zoe holds that honor regionally, in Europe.
The group has now presented their new “Alliance 2022” strategy plan, which most importantly, includes no less than 12 fully electric models. The six-year growth plan has a strong emphasis not only on electric vehicles, but also on shared platforms, autonomy, connectivity and cost savings provided by further synergy of scale – one point that Carlos Ghosn is most of all famous for. As far as the twelve-new pure EVs are concerned, we should expect them to share the platforms, with a new range of EV motors and newly developed batteries to be put into use around 2020. The group is also eager to incorporate Mitsubishi into the party, leveraging the latter’s experience with PHEV – plug in hybrid – to incorporate into the group’s C and D models.
More importantly, the Alliance – along with virtually every other manufacturer that is implicated into the EV realm – is promising impressive performance from the next generation of battery technology, with ranges of 600 km (373 miles) on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and 30 percent lower costs. Usability is also going into high gear, with the group aiming to see quick charges improve from 90 km (56 miles) gained in 15 minutes last year to 230 km (143 miles) of range at the end of the development period. The Alliance also plans to deliver 40 vehicles with autonomous drive (AD) technology and also become “an operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services” – that’s autonomous car sharing in plain speak.