Reports suggest trio of associated companies will base their electric models on common underpinnings
Sam Sheehan
19 December 2016

Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi will share electric vehicle architecture in order to reduce development costs of future models, according to reports in Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is already working on shared vehicle architecture for the next-generation Leaf and Zoe models, but this is the first time Mitsubishi – which was recently bought by Nissan following a fuel economy scandal – has been listed as a beneficiary of co-developed electric platforms.

Nikkei said the engineering and development departments of the brands would work together to streamline production of parts including motors, inverters (which convert direct electric currents to alternating) and batteries.

The results would drive down costs and therefore reduce the purchase price of each model. This has long been an aim for CEO of all three brands Carlos Ghosn, who wants to produce electric vehicles that cost no more than their conventional combustion-engined equivalents.

In response to the reports in Nikkei, Nissan said no announcement has been made. The other two brands haven’t commented at this stage.

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19 December 2016
Will EV and ICE ever have list price parity? Surely if they do EV blows ICE out of the water for most People/Journeys. I don't like Renault's battery leasing approach if that's what they mean by parity. If that is the case parity is here just by production up scaling.

19 December 2016
You probably know this but going forward Renault are going to offer out-right purchase too.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

19 December 2016
Theyre all part of the same group of companies and theyre sharing a common platform ? Really ? You dont say, what a surprise, never saw that one coming ! Slow news day Autocar ?

XXXX just went POP.

19 December 2016
'which convert direct electric currents to alternative' ??? I'm guessing alternative electricity currents aren't direct or alternating then! This must be some kind of new technology.

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