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Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi have announced they will work together to bring new EV platforms and smarter connected cars to market through 2030.
The trio has been working together for more than 20 years and will continue to produce and develop share platforms, production plants, and powertrains across different vehicle segments.
In fact, the three companies will share platforms across more than 80% of their combined 90 models in 2026.
“Among the world’s automotive leaders, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is a proven, unique model. For 22 years, we have been building on our respective cultures and strengths for our common benefit,” says Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Alliance.
“Today the Alliance is accelerating to lead the mobility revolution and deliver more value to customers, our people, our shareholders and all our stakeholders. The three member companies have defined a common roadmap towards 2030, sharing investments in future electrification and connectivity projects. These are massive investments that none of the three companies could make alone. Together, we are making the difference for a new and global sustainable future; the Alliance becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”
Platforms and Batteries
The companies, calling themselves “the Alliance,” will invest €23 billion in the next five years to speed up the electrification of their lineups, leading to 35 new EVs across the brands by 2030. 90% of these models will be based on five common EV platforms spanning most market segments.
These include the CMF-AEV platform, currently in use on the Dacia Spring – Europe’s cheapest EV, the KEI-EV ultra-compact platform, the LCV-EV for small vans such as the Renault Kangoo, the CMF-EV which is designed to be used across a range of C- and D-segment vehicles, and the CMF-BEV platform designed for compact cars.
The CMF-EV and CMF-BEV platforms are perhaps the most significant. The former will be used as the base for the upcoming Nissan Ariya EV crossover and Renault Megane E-Tech. By 2030, the companies expect that more than 15 models will be based on this platform, with up to 1.5 million cars being produced on the platform every year.
The CMF-BEV platform, meanwhile, can provide up to 400 km range helping to reduce cost by 33% and power consumption by more than 10% compared to the current Renault ZOE. The companies are expecting that it will be the base for around 250,000 vehicles per year across the Renault, Alpine, and Nissan brands. The upcoming Renault R5 and Nissan Micra replacement will also use the platform.
The companies will also look to share and pool resources in order to save costs and improve efficiency. Renault and Nissan, for example, will share a common battery supplier. This, according to the Alliance, will reduce battery costs by 50% by 2026 and 65% by 2028. It is estimated that, by 2030, the companies will be producing 220 GWh of batteries across their “key production sites” around the world.
However, the companies are also committed to a “common vision” for all-solid-state batteries. By mid-2028, the companies are aiming to be mass-producing all-solid-state -batteries whilst also bringing costs down to $65 per kWh – roughly equal to the cost of ICE vehicles.
ADAS and Connectivity
By 2026, the Alliance members expect to have more than 45 models equipped with autonomous driving systems, amounting to some 10 million vehicles on the roads. Presently, 3 million vehicles are already connected to the Alliance Cloud with permanent data exchanges.
Renault is leading the other Alliance members in developing a common centralised electric and electronic architecture, converging electronics hardware and software applications for improved performance.
The companies are planning to have their first “full software-defined vehicle” ready by 2025. This model will improve its Over-The-Air performance throughout its life cycle.
This will also allow Alliance members to boost vehicle resale values. In addition, Software-defined vehicles will be able to communicate with connected objects, users, and infrastructure, opening new fields of value for the Alliance companies.