Nissan teases retro-styled 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 sedan will serve to launch the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s 2030 roadmap, including the 23 billion euros are planned. investment in electric vehicles and the group’s push for solid-state batteries.

A year and a half after announcing its new “cooperative business model”, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance says it has built a solid foundation for the benefit of all its partners, and has teased the upcoming Nissan Micra EV compact as part of a radical announcement describing big goals, big factories and very big investments by the three companies.

“This all-new model will be engineered by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan COO. “(We) are maximizing the use of our Alliance assets while maintaining its Nissan identity.”

Nissan Micra EV teaser, courtesy of Nissan.

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The Alliance’s joint press release also announced its intention to invest 23 billion euros 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 the three companies.

Some of the other highlights from Renault Nissan Mitsubishi’s Common Roadmap Alliance 2030 announcement are included below (emphasis mine).

  • The 2030 roadmap emphasizes pure electric vehicles and connected mobility.
  • Aims to improve the use of common platforms to reach 80% by 2026.
  • Mitsubishi Motors is strengthening its presence in Europe with two new models based on Renault’s bestsellers.
  • AT invest 23 billion euros over the next five years to support its offensive electrification strategy.
  • With 35 new electric cars in 2030, offers the world’s largest electric vehicle offering, based on the five common electric vehicle platforms.
  • Nissan unveils all-new electric vehicle based on CMF-BEV Alliance platform to replace Micra in Europe; vehicle planned to be manufactured at Renault ElectriCity, the electrical industrial center in northern France.
  • Reinforces the common battery strategy aimed at ensuring a 220 GWh of production capacity by 2030.
  • Nissan will lead the development of a breakthrough all solid battery technology for the benefit of all members.
  • Renault will lead the development of a common centralized electrical and electronic architecture and launch the first fully software-defined vehicle by 2025.

“Among the world’s automotive leaders, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is a proven and unique model,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Alliance. “Today, the Alliance is accelerating to lead the mobility revolution and deliver more value to customers, our employees, 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 make alone.

Blitz of new products

Starting with the successor to the new Nissan Micra, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance plans to launch 35 fully electric vehicles by 2030, with 90% of these models built on just five common EV platforms. The Alliance says these platforms will cover most market needs, “in all major regions”.

The companies have released the following plan which summarizes the common new electric vehicle platforms, the CMF-EV platform which currently underpins the Nissan Ariya EV and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is expected to account for 15 of the 35 planned new launches .

  • CMF-AEV, the most affordable platform in the world, is the basis of the new Dacia Spring.
  • Family of KEI-EV (mini vehicle) platforms for ultra-compact electric vehicles.
  • LCV-EV Family platform family for business customers, as a basis for Renault Kangoo and Nissan Town Star (vans).
  • CMF-EV, the global and flexible platform for electric vehicles. It will be on the roads in a few weeks as the basis for the Nissan Ariya EV and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric crossover. 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, which will be launched in 2024… it will be the basis for 250,000 vehicles per year under the Renault, Alpine and Nissan brands. Vehicles include the Renault R5 and the new compact electric vehicle that will replace the Nissan Micra.

Senard also highlighted plans for the three Alliance member automakers to become fully carbon neutral by 2050.

Electrek’s Grasp

An arrangement like the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is exactly what these middleweight automakers need to be able to compete against the big guys from Ford, GM and Volkswagen. Alone, neither Renault nor Nissan could do it. Together? They might find something irresistible.

spring | Pictures: Nissan.

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Mary I. Bruner