The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has just given new information about the new terms of the alliance. Among them, a new electric car produced in France and a technical cousin of the future electric Renault 5, or the development of a new 800-volt architecture for ultra-fast charging.
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Since the arrival of Luca de Meo at the helm of the Renault group in 2020 and the announcement of the “Renaulution” strategy, the French manufacturer has been on all fronts and regularly announces various novelties in the field of electromobility.
Between the launch of the new Renault Mégane E-Tech last year, the announcement of the future 100% electric R5 and 4L by 2024 and 2025, the launch of Mobilize, the arrival of a future large electric SUV… Today is not fading at the maker with the diamond.
And it shouldn’t weaken any time soon, as the French brand has just announced redefining the contours of its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. Renault and Nissan have formed an alliance since 1999, and the new terms of this agreement will extend for the next 15 years.
The electric Mégane after with ultra-fast charging
If we could be surprised by the lack of synergy between electric Renault and Nissan, everything will change in the coming years. The two manufacturers have announced a new collaboration for the development of several electric cars in the C segment. The first model in question will be presented from 2026. It will undoubtedly be a model that will arrive after the Mégane E-Tech that we currently know.
The two brands will share many elements, starting with a new 800-volt architecture. Already installed in many models such as the Kia EV6, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and other Porsche Taycans, it makes it possible to take advantage of a significantly faster charge, in the order of 18 minutes to go from 10 to 80%. But for now, we don’t know the maximum power the car can pick up.
The future electric Nissan Micra will be manufactured in France
At the same time, the Alliance also announced the arrival of a new electric model of segment B produced in France. It will be a Nissan, and most certainly the future Micra, which will be based on the CMF-BEV platform designed by Renault for the electric Renault 5 that will arrive in 2024. The electric Nissan Micra will be produced at Renault’s ElectriCity plant and will arrive in 2026.
Renault and Nissan will also work on a joint project, namely the FlexEVan, an electric utility vehicle that Renault announced in November 2022. In fact, it is Nissan who joins the diamond in this project and must contribute its technical experience in the field of 100% electric utilities.
This won’t worry us in Europe, but Nissan will take advantage of Renault’s expertise in low-cost vehicles to launch several small electric models based on the Spring. These models will be aimed at emerging markets such as Latin America and India.
A new common charging infrastructure
In addition to the new products, Renault and Nissan will also change several things in terms of distribution, particularly in Europe. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi intend to develop a joint distribution network, with dealers who will distribute the three brands. These will allow for synergies in the after-sales service, financing and used car divisions. Enough to allow the three manufacturers to save on infrastructure while multiplying their network.
The other interesting news is the joint deployment of charging infrastructures in Europe and in the concessionaires of both parties. The two brands did not elaborate on this subject, but these charging infrastructures should remain quite embryonic since they will simply be limited to distributors.
Finally, Renault and Nissan will also use common industrial partners for the recycling of end-of-life batteries. Remember that Renault, Veolia and Solvay have created a pilot plant in France to recycle the metals contained in electric batteries in a closed circuit.
Renault had also announced the arrival of a “Re-Factory” in Flins, with the installation of a dismantling line for electric vehicles and batteries from 2024, in order to increase its recycling capacity and supply of parts and materials in short circuits.
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