What will Renault-Nissan’s new alliance change in Europe?
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have re-configured their alliance and here are some of the news points.
As part of Nissan investing and taking 15 per cent in Ampere EV unit (Renault’s new standalone company for its electric vehicle and software activities) a common 800-volt EV architecture is planned for Europe. They have also agreed to take to a new level collaboration on the next-generation compact electric cars beyond 2026.
Ampere was established to develop, manufacture and sell fully electric passenger cars that feature cutting-edge software-defined vehicle (SDV) technology under the Renault brand. Now Nissan has also bought into this strategy.
Ampere has been described as ‘the first EV and software pure player born from an OEM disruption.’ It will combine the know-how and assets from Renault Group and now Nissan, with the focus and agility of an EV pure player.
Other important projects that are part of the reshaped alliance includes plans for a new small Nissan electric car to succeed the Micra. It will be based on CMF-BEV platform and built at Renault’s ElectriCity facility in France. Production is expected to start in 2026.
Other news concerns Mitsubishi, where ASX and Colt should share CMF-B platform with new Renault Captur and Clio.
News has also emerged that Renault and Nissan are considering joint charging infrastructure in Europe. These would be located at Renault and Nissan dealerships.
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi are also to increase shared sales outlets in key markets, but this isn’t relevant to Ireland.