Sitting at the top of electric vehicles sales is Nissan and Renault, neither of which are willing to step down, thus their push for even more electric vehicles along with Mitsubishi.
According to Bloomberg, the trio plans to introduce 12 new full-electric vehicles by 2022 and they plan to develop more cost efficient batteries with even more range. They even have a plan drawn out, called Alliance 2022 it details their six year plan and theuir ultimate goal of establishing themselves as leaders in the “electrification, autonomous and connected-car technologies”.
That’s right, why end at electrification when they can improve autonomous technologies. Included in the plans are 40 models with varying levels of autonomy like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tesla, out of those 40 models at least one will be fully autonomous, meaning human intervention is won’t be required.
“We are going to use the scale we have to build more competitive advantages for the future,” said group Chairman Carlos Ghosn in an interview. “The big guys are going to have a big advantage in this situation.”
And he’s not wrong because a large alliance equates to more money allotted to research and development.
Though full autonomy won’t happen for years to come, perhaps we’ll see an all-electric Nissan Kicks in the future.