These days, it seems like the automotive industry is all about mergers. The prospects of increased efficiency and shared development costs are attractive, especially after the massive economic hit dealt by the pandemic. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi now want to take the alliance concept further by sharing a common business road map.
Dubbed “Alliance 2030,” it will focus on electric vehicles and connected cars. The three automakers will be investing heavily on product commonality and an advanced digital environment for their customers.
For electric cars, Alliance 2030 will be basing its offerings on five major platforms:
- CMF-AEV – for affordable vehicle models like the Dacia Spring
- KEI-EV – family of ultra-compact vehicles
- LCV-EV – commercial vehicles like the Nissan Townstar
- CMF-EV – flexible global platform used by the Nissan Ariya
- CMF-BEV – compact platform to be used by the future Renault R5
Customers can expect the return of popular products such as the Mitsubishi ASX and the Nissan Micra. In addition, Alliance 2030 is looking at the development and the mass-production of solid-state batteries as these have significantly more energy density and can be charged a lot quicker.
Aside from platform sharing, Alliance 2030 envisions more cars being linked to its proprietary digital space. Called Alliance Cloud, it will be based on the Google ecosystem and will offer seamless data exchanges between vehicles. The constant stream of information in this digital environment will allow for over-the-air updates as well as increased safety for Alliance customers.