As the alliance of Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan begins, Carlos Ghosn has begun laying down the foundations for the recovery of the newly acquired brand. In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Revew, Ghosn says he aims to lower the prices of hybrid and electric vehicles with the help of Mitsubishi.
With Mitsubishi building plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), Ghosn said that the technologies Mitsubishi are utilizing may also help Nissan kick-start its effort in PHEV game. He sees Mitsubishi as one of the leading automakers when it comes to hybrid technologies. In a separate article, Nikkei Asian Review also reports that Mitsubishi, as well as Renault, will soon be getting their respective versions of Leaf-based electric vehicles. The newspaper adds that the Leaf-based Mitsubishi and Renault EVs are slated for a 2018 release.
Ghosn mentioned that, with Mitsubishi, the duplication of work will be lessened thanks to the sharing and development of common platforms. During the interview, Ghosn stated, “We are going to do even more to maintain leadership. But it means we are going use common parts - electric platforms, motors, inverters - all the technical blocks that go with electric cars. So you can expect that we are going to be working together because I want to avoid duplication of our work - working together, sharing technology with different applications across brands and markets”.
He also explained that the deal with Mitsubishi and Nissan will help lower the cost of building PHEVs and EVs. “Without sharing, you would have Mitsubishi engineering doing its own solution and Nissan engineering doing its own solution. And this is not in the best interest of the consumer. The best [thing for] the consumer is that companies pool their efforts. This is the most efficient way, but this requires a lot of discipline inside the alliance,” said Ghosn.