By 2022 the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will launch 12 new electric cars

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance logo

As expected, today Carlos Ghosn unveiled theย Alliance 2022, a six-year plan for three automakers: Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.


Also as expected, this six-year plan is all about synergy as we can see in the press release below.


“Under Alliance 2022, the member companies will increase their use of common platforms, with nine million units based on four common platforms. The plan will also extend the use of common powertrains to 75 percent of total sales.

Alliance 2022 plans a major expansion in shared electric vehicle technologies, alongside the development and deployment of advanced autonomous drive systems, vehicle connectivity and new mobility services.

Twelve new zero-emission electric vehicles will be launched by 2022, utilizing new common electric vehicle platforms and components for multiple segments. Over the same period, 40 vehicles will be introduced with different levels of autonomy, all the way to fully autonomous capability. Becoming an operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services is a major part of the new mobility services strategy.

The launch of a new logo and online presence was also revealed today for the Alliance, symbolizing the growing convergence and cooperation between the member companies.”


Furthermore, the Alliance wants to reinforce its position as a leader in electric cars.


“1. Reinforcing electric vehicle leadership

As the original pioneer and global leader in pure EV sales, the objective remains to be the number one provider of mainstream, mass market and affordable EVs around the world. By 2022, the member companies will significantly increase their product range to cover all main segments in their key markets of Japan, the USA, China and Europe.

The electrification building block will involve:

  • Common, scalable EV platforms for multiple segments by 2020, with a forecast that 70 percent of EV volumes will be based on shared platforms by 2022
  • A new family of EV motor and batteries to be introduced from 2020, shared across the member companies;
  • 12 new pure electric vehicles to be launched by 2022
  • More than 600km EV range reached by 2022, based on NEDC homologation methodology
  • 30 percent decrease in battery cost from 2016 to 2022
  • 15 minutes charging time to deliver range of 230km by 2022, upfrom 90km in 2016, based on NEDC homologation methodology
  • Optimized, flat packaging of the battery, providing additional cabin space and greater styling flexibility
  • Adoption of Mitsubishi Motors’ new PHEV technology as the common C/D segment PHEV solution by 2022″


You can see the whole press conference here. Unlike most CEOs of legacy automakers, Carlos Ghosn is always very interesting to listen to.

Ghosn knows why electric cars aren’t mainstream yet and that’s why the Alliance is currently working to increase the range, decrease the charging time and reduce the price. By 2022, the Alliance will have a vast offer of electric cars, while others, such as Toyota or Mazda will still have a very limited offer.

Nonetheless, the Alliance should stop using the unrealistic NEDC and replace it with WLTP in its advertisements and press releases…

Finally, next month each of the three automakers that belong to the Alliance will unveil their unique strategies to make this six-year plan work.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

It would be nice to be in the US or Europe. Here in Australia they have done virtually nothing. If these companies know EV’s are the future, why aren’t they pushing harder to get charging infrastructure installed?
2022 is a REALLY long time for this alliance, who already has several EV’s and one excellent PHEV. Nissan started in 2010 and really all they have to show for that time is the Leaf and very limited availability eNV2000 van. Renault has done a bit better with the addition of the Twiggy. Mitsubishi dropped the iMiev, so effectively gone backwards.
I think these manufacturers will be battery constrained as they rely on Panasonic, LG Chem and Samsung SDI. Nissan sold off their battery business, which I personally think would have been the only thing that set then apart from their rivals and gave them supply certainty.
It is actually pretty disappointing.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jason

I’ll provide a contrarian viewpoint from the western United States, which has a higher population density than Australia . . . specifically: Tucson, Arizona, which is a medium sized city in the Sonoran desert with about one million people. We’re frustratingly close in distance from southern California, where consumers have a large variety of EVs to chose from (ZEV state laws there perpetuating this trend.) But in Arizona, our choices are fewer and are driven by companies who chose to sell their EVs in all 50 states. That said, EVs have arrived.

We have lots of Nissan Leafs here (I’m going to guess a couple thousand) and smaller numbers (hundreds?) of BMW i3s and Teslas. The Chevy Bolt has now officially arrived here and I’ve seen a few. I know a few people, as well, with Model 3s on order and I predict that will be a very popular car here.

As long as the Leaf has been available (we were one of the hundred or so test cities in North American in 2010/11,) there have always been a small number of Ford Focus EVs and I’m one of a handful with a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, purchased used in California and which has dealer support available in Phoenix (just 100 miles up the road.) I met a fellow last week who bought a Fiat 500e used in California and, apparently, he can get service for it in Phoenix. The Smart ED is another “get it serviced in Phoenix” EV. There’s also a couple of Chevy Spark EVs here, but I don’t know if they can be serviced in state. For sure, though, anybody who is driving a Kia Soul EV or a VW eGolf almost certain has to make the 400 mile journey to the Los Angeles area to see a dealer.

Infrastructure wise, there are well over 120 public L-2 EVSEs spread across the Tucson metro area (although I charge almost exclusively at home) and a few L-3 CHAdeMO/CCS chargers in town. Currently, the nearest Tesla Supecharger is about 60 miles away, on the road to Phoenix (6 million people up there) and right next to a CHAdeMO/CCS machine. But I know Tesla is planning for more in the way of Superchargers and their lower power Destination chargers locally in the near future.

As for the Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi announcement, I think it’s great news. I’m sure the relaunched Leaf will be big here. The Renault line isn’t sold in the US, but I’m sure many here would welcome a Nissan or Mitsubishi rebranded version of the Zoe. Likewise, I’ve been following Pedro’s anticipation of a Renault Twingo ZE as a nominal replacement for the old i-MiEV (now no longer produced in its North American trim) and, out of the 12 models to be introduced between now and 2022, I would hope a 4-seat subcompact hatchback for the North American market is in the plans. Less expensive and space optimized battery packing? It all sounds good to me. Tesla is probably never going to venture down market with anything smaller/cheaper than the Model 3. EVs that list new for ~$20K will be Nissan’s (or, rather, the Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi alliance) market to lose, at least around here.

4 years ago

Ghosn is interesting because he is much more of a straight shooter than most car company CEOs – and probably most CEOs regardless of industry. I watched the press conference, despite the awful sound quality, and like you my main objection is the use of NEDC and only NEDC. I can understand his point though – when NEDC is required in current marketing, there’s a real risk of both the press and the public getting it wrong if Ghosn were to present the numbers using WLTP.

However, the industry will soon have to start using WLTP anyway, so this problem of people being largely ignorant to the standards is one they have to tackle soon anyway. I think they should have made the decision to start using only WLTP, and then made that in itself a big point and used it as an opportunity to also educate the press on the difference. That would mean less time to talk about the strategy of the alliance and the coming products, but it would also have demonstrated that they really take misleading stats seriously. Instead, Ghosn now rings hollow to those who DO understand the standards, and know WLTP has already been decided upon to replace NEDC, when he says the unrealistic NEDC standard is one they unfortunately have no choice but using. Opel gave WLTP numbers as well as NEDC (and EPA since it’s really a Chevy) a full year ago.

One funny moment for me was when he said the alliance will introduce 12 new electric cars in addition to “the one” they have today! Surely he must have been thinking of the LEAF, but even within Nissan there’s another – the e-NV200. Granted, that is a van, so maybe it doesn’t count then? But forgetting the ZOE from the one alliance partner he himself leads was a bit embarrassing, even though I’m sure it was just one of those brainfarts anyone can have!

12 new cars by this time 2022 is 2.2 per year on average, and I’m guessing most of them will appear from 2020. Many other manufacturers will have a similar sort of curve. It would be very interesting to have a competition and guess the number of new electric models that will go on sale in each year until 2025. I’m not sure how many have gone on sale this year, or what should count as a new model, but it’s not that many. 2018 may see twice as many, but I think 2020 is the year many are planning for.