It appears that more automakers are setting a deadline in expanding their respective electric vehicle line ups. The latest car company to set a definite date is the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The Alliance, which now includes Mitsubishi Motors, has announced their future plans called 'Alliance 2022'. The new plan targets an 'annual synergies of €10 billion and forecasts unit sales of 14 million and combined revenues of $240 billion'.
“This plan will boost the growth and profitability of our member companies. We intend to deliver on growing synergies, with three autonomous companies cooperating with the efficiency of one. The Alliance has grown and performed with two members since 1999. With Alliance 2022, we will prove that we will grow and perform with three companies or more,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance.
Part of the plan includes the trio working together on new platforms, powertrains and technology to launch 12 new electric vehicles by 2022. Both upcoming EVs and B-segment vehicles from the trio will share common scaleable platforms. The new family of EVs will be used among the three brands, with Mitsubishi's expertise in PHEV technology used as to speed up development.
As regards for technology, Nissan says EVs will have a 600km range on a single charge based on NEDC courtesy of new, cheaper batteries. EVs will also be able to do 230km with only 15 minutes of charging in 2022, compared to the 90km range with today's technology.
Together with the 12 electric vehicles and their technology, 40 vehicles in the alliance's current line up will be introduced with autonomous driving technology in various levels by 2022. Furthermore, Nissan hopes to have their first fully autonomous drive vehicle, with no human driver intervention necessary by 2022. The alliance will then work with these autonoumous vehicles to be an operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.