Nissan teases retro-style Micra EV, solid-state batteries for Europe

Nissan plans to manufacture its all-new, all-electric successor to the compact Nissan Micra at the Renault ElectriCity Center in France, where the retro-styled hatchback will serve to launch the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance 2030 roadmap, its planned € 23 billion investment in electric cars , and the group’s push for solid-state batteries.

One and a half years after announcing its new “collaboration business model”, Renault says the Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has built a solid foundation for the benefit of all its partners, teasing the upcoming Nissan Micra EV compact as part of a comprehensive announcement, which outlines big goals, big factories, and really big investments from all three companies.

“This brand new model will be designed by Nissan and designed and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform,” said Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta. “(We) maximize the use of our Alliance’s assets while maintaining its Nissan unity.”

Bigger news

The Alliance’s joint press release also announced plans to invest € 23 billion over the next five years to support its “offensive” electrification strategy and announced Nissan’s intention to develop a new solid-state battery technology for the benefit of all three companies.

Some of the other highlights of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi “Common Roadmap Alliance 2030” message are included below (the underline, in bold, is mine).

  • The 2030 roadmap focuses on clean electric vehicles and connected mobility.
  • Aims to increase the use of common platforms to reach 80% by 2026.
  • Mitsubishi Motors reinforces its European presence with two new models based on Renault’s bestsellers.
  • To invest € 23 billion over the next five years to support its offensive strategy in electrification.
  • With 35 new EV cars by 2030, it proposes the largest global EV offering based on the five common EV platforms.
  • Nissan unveils a brand new EV based on the CMF-BEV Alliance platform to replace Micra in Europe; vehicle planned to be manufactured in Renault ElectriCity, the electrical industry center in northern France.
  • Reinforces common battery strategy aimed at ensuring a global 220 GWh production capacity by 2030.
  • Nissan must lead the development of breakthroughs all-solid-state battery technology for the benefit of all members.
  • Renault will lead the development of common centralized electrical and electronic architecture and will launch the first fully software-defined vehicle by 2025.

“Among the world leaders in the automotive industry, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is a proven, unique model,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, President 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… these are massive investments that none of the three companies could do it alone. ”

New product flash

Starting with the new Nissan Micra successor, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance plans to launch 35 fully electric vehicles between now and 2030, with as many as 90% of these models being built on just five standard EV platforms. The alliance claims that these platforms will cover most market needs “in all major regions.”

The companies released the following summary, summarizing the new standard EV platforms, with the CMF-EV platform currently supporting the Nissan Ariya EV and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric set to account for 15 of the 35 planned new launches.

  • CMF-AEV, the most affordable platform in the world, is the base for the new Dacia Spring.
  • KEI-EV (mini car) platform family for ultra-compact electric cars.
  • LCV-EV Family platform family for professional customers, as a base for Renault Kangoo and Nissan Town Star (vans).
  • CMF-EV, the global, flexible EV platform. It will be on the road in a few weeks as the base for the Nissan Ariya EV crossover and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. By 2030, more than 15 models will be based on the CMF-EV platform, with up to 1.5 million cars produced on this platform per year.
  • CMF-BEV, the most competitive compact electric platform in the world, will be launched in 2024… it will be the base for 250,000 vehicles a year under the Renault, Alpine and Nissan brands. Among the vehicles are the Renault R5 and the new compact EV that will replace the Nissan Micra.

Senard also highlighted plans for the Alliance’s three member car manufacturers to become completely CO2-neutral by 2050.

Electrek’s Take

An event like the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is exactly what these middleweight car companies need to be able to take on the big boys at Ford, GM and Volkswagen. On its own, neither Renault nor Nissan could do that. Together? They may come up with something compelling.

Source | Photos: Nissan.

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