Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Collectively Reveal Future Plans, Including 12 Pure EVs


The Alliance strikes back!

No company has produced as many electric vehicles as the Alliance of Nissan, Renault, and the more recently added Mitsubishi. It seems, though, they are just getting started.

Under the banner of “Alliance 2022,” the group has just announced a six-year plan with a strong focus on EVs and related technology, autonomy, and synergistic savings.

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is going to get a lot more company over the next few years

By 2022, we can expect to see the outfit launch twelve new electric vehicles, mostly on several shared platforms.

A “new family” of EV motors and batteries will arrive in 2020 to be used among the brands. The group will lean on Mitsubishi for its plug-in hybrid expertise, using its new PHEV technology in all its C and D-segment (compacts and slightly larger vehicles, such as the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-class) vehicles by 2022.

The Alliance also forecasts large improvements in its batteries over this period, saying that by the end of the plan’s implementation, vehicles should achieve ranges of 600 km (373 miles) using the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) (think 300-ish miles EPA), while reducing costs by thirty percent.

Notably, they believe charging speed will improve to see 230 km (143 miles) of range (again, using the NEDC) gained in 15 minutes, up from 90 km (56 miles) they achieved in 2016. Also, they say batteries will be packaged in a more optimized flat shape to improve cabin space and “styling flexibility.”

You can get details on the whole program in the press blast below.

Nissan (and Renault) will leverage the PHEV knowledge of Mitsubishi (notably in the Outlander) and bring plug-in hybrid offerings across the Alliance


Alliance 2022: New plan targets annual synergies of €10 billion and forecasts unit sales of 14 million and combined revenues of $240 billion

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to strengthen cooperation and accelerate use of common platforms, powertrains and new technologies

New six-year plan set to achieve the following objectives:

  • More than 9 million vehicles to share four common platforms 
  • Proportion of common powertrains to rise from a third to three-quarters of total volumes
  • Additional synergies expected from electrification, connectivity and autonomous technologies
  • 12 pure electric models to be launched, utilizing common EV platforms and components
  • 40 vehicles to be launched with autonomous drive (AD) technology
  • To become an operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services

PARIS/TOKYO – Alliance 2022, a six-year plan announced today, has set a new target to double annual synergies to €10 billion by the end of the plan.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance, said: “Today marks a new milestone for our member companies. By the end of our strategic plan Alliance 2022, we aim to double our annual synergies to €10 billion. To achieve this target, on one side Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies. From the other side, synergies will be enhanced by our growing scale. Our total annual sales are forecast to exceed 14 million units, generating revenues expected at $240 billion by the end of the plan.”

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.

Mr. Ghosn concluded: “This plan will boost the growth and profitability of our member companies. We intend to deliver on growing synergies, with three autonomous companies cooperating with the efficiency of one. The Alliance has grown and performed with two members since 1999. With Alliance 2022, we will prove that we will grow and perform with three companies or more.”

Alliance 2022 – Targets and Details

Alliance 2022 unit-sales, revenues and synergies

This year, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors became the world’s largest automotive group by sales volume. In the first half of 2017, volumes increased by seven percent year-on-year to 5.27 million units, whilst aggregate sales of electric vehicles reached a combined total of more than 500,000 units.

Total unit sales by the member companies are expected to exceed 14 million vehicles per year by the end of the plan. Combined financial revenues are forecast to reach $240 billion by the end of the plan, up more than 30 percent on the $180 billion aggregate revenues achieved in 2016.

The increased synergy target of €10 billion by the end of the plan follows a 16 percent rise in synergies in 2016 to €5 billion. The doubling of synergies will be achieved partially by contributions from Mitsubishi Motors, specifically through deeper localization, joint plant utilization, common vehicle platforms, and an expanded presence in mature and emerging markets.

Additional synergies are expected from light commercial vehicles (LCV), aftersales and technology-sharing in electric vehicles, autonomous drive, connected cars and new mobility services. This will complement synergies from existing converged functions in engineering; manufacturing engineering and supply-chain; purchasing and human resources.

Extension of common platforms and powertrains

Alongside the three technology building blocks, the member companies will extend their use of shared common platforms and powertrains.

New developments include:

In 2022, more than 9 million vehicles will be built on four common platforms, up from 2 million vehicles on two platforms in 2016
By the end of the plan, the member companies will share 22 engines out of a total of 31, compared with 14 engines out of a combined total of 38 in 2016
The common platform strategy – based on the CMF architecture – will be extended to a new common EV platform with advanced autonomous drive capability and to a new B-segment common platform for mid-sized vehicles.
Mitsubishi Motors will gain access to the CMF architecture and utilize common powertrains by 2020
The extension of the Common Module Family follows the success of the shared vehicle architecture by Renault and Nissan in recent years, which has included the use of common platforms and powertrains across a widening portfolio of vehicles including the Nissan Rogue, Qashqai and X-Trail, Renault Espace, Kadjar and Megane, as well as Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO.

Alliance 2022 technology building blocks

The technology building blocks will contribute synergies by avoiding development duplication and providing greater and faster access to innovation for the member companies.

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

2. Delivering autonomous-drive and robo-vehicles

The member companies are on track to launch 40 vehicles with different levels of autonomous drive (AD) technologies by 2022.

Test programs are underway in different regions of the world as part of the development of autonomous technologies, which will enable member companies to offer advanced AD functionality for mainstream, mass-market vehicles. The timetable for AD deployment will include:

2018: Highly autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways – with a human driver’s continuous monitoring of the environment.
2020: Highly autonomous drive vehicle for use in cities – with a human driver’s continuous monitoring of the environment.
2020: Highly autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways – with occasional human driver intervention.
2022: First fully autonomous drive vehicle – with no human driver intervention necessary
Field tests are continuing on robo-vehicles with partners DeNA (Japan) and Transdev (France), which will pave the way for a new era of mobility in which the group aims to become:

A key operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing mobility services, that will include further partnerships
A major player and provider of vehicles for public transit use and car-sharing

3. Enabling connectivity and mobility services

The Alliance Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services team is developing new mobility services and partnerships. In addition, new connectivity solutions for end-customers will be available in vehicles starting in 2018. These will include:

A common in-vehicle infotainment system and common in-vehicle connectivity system
Launch of a Connected Cloud platform to manage all data interfaces
The cloud platform will provide a gateway to AD capability for robo-vehicle services, self-driving delivery vehicles and shuttles
The Connected Cloud platform will deliver operational efficiencies for member companies such as improved logistics-management and enhanced use of data-sharing in manufacturing and as a mechanism to reduce warranty costs.

The connectivity plan will include the development of an open ecosystem that will allow new services and features to be deployed throughout the vehicle lifecycle.

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About Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners sold close to 10 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2016. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.

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Where is my outlander PHEV?

Same place as its always been, just a tad bit out of reach across the “POND”!

Maybe a JAG EV, is on your “Reality EV” short list for next year?

Just as a note on the Outlander PHEV, it actually is on its way to North America (as hard as that is to believe) .

While not yet officially on the site…we got a note it was arriving, and I went to a Mitsu dealer myself, got pricing, configured, etc. ETA is February.

Obviously, I have not yet physically touched said Outlander PHEV, and I am as skeptical as anyone I think on this subject, but it does ‘appear’ it will actually be happening this time after 7,8 delays.

Hopefully, Mitsubishi won’t pull another “Lucy” on us “Charlie Brown” Outlander PHEV football kickers! After the 8th AUUGH!!!, nine might just be fine. Shoelaces meet Pigskin, finally, at long last!!!

Ha love it

Can you share anything on pricing?

Here’s for Canadian models and pricing. Currently taking deposits for delivery in January 2018. 500 units for the first quarter of 2018 for Canada.

I asked my local Mitsubishi dealer here in Hamilton and they said they had heard nothing. So be careful. I wouldn’t put it past dealerships to take deposits on something they have no confirmation of actually receiving ever.

Maybe Quebec first since we have a zero emission law that passed and starts in 2018? Same dates were confirmed by Mitsubishi Canada this year at the all electric car show in Montreal and they had an Outlander PHEV on display. But I know it’s not 100% sure until it’s actually in the dealer’s yard.

It could be my s***** local Mitsubishi dealer. I see a couple dealers in Toronto area seem to have promo for the PHEV and are taking deposits. So maybe I should just try them. If I can get the wife’s permission.

The thing is by the time Mitsubishi finally brings this out, there might finally be competition from others in this space.

If the Pacifica PHEV could tow, I’d already have dropped cash on that. But I need to attach a small trailer and trailer hitched bike rack.

Talk about the slow boat to China, in reverse.
I here Winter is Coming, too.

“Obviously, I have not yet physically touched said Outlander PHEV, and I am as skeptical as anyone I think on this subject, but it does ‘appear’ it will actually be happening this time after 7,8 delays.”

Well, we are all in the same boat here…

Not going to get “fooled again” until I see them on the dealer lot with FOR SALE signs on them.

We stopped giving Mitsu the benefit of the doubt after about ~delay 4, and we’ve been pretty tough on them since with each new missed promise.

…although again, what is happening now (with dates, pricing, configuring, taking money, etc) is significantly different than before (there was nothing close to that), and if it was any other OEM and any other model we would be 99% sure the release was imminent.

Any info on the battery range? Is Mitsu going to take advantage of any of the higher cell densities?

No reason to think the US-bound version will have different specs (let alone different battery) than the one for Europe. Just google the AER.

In my neighbors driveway. .

Could this possibly mean a version of the eNV200 with TMS might appear in North America before I hang up my tools
and sell all the electrical equipment in my old gasser?


I love my env200…

Thanks Magnus.
Any particular site you recommend to read up on this pleasant little electric van?

Had mine over 28 months,

Currently averaging 73mpg including electric and 110mpg equivalent on electric only, this Is due to UK’s high fuel costs of $7 a gallon imperial ($6 roughly US gallon).

You guys won’t be disappointed when it arrives.

My lease ends in April and will be replacing it with the new Nissan Leaf, this should equate to around 200mpg equivalent cost.

What’s your commute?

Retired, but 80% of miles are on electric.

Getting roughly 40mpg on Petrol (Gas) alone with very Eco style driving.

Has a flat boot (trunk) area which is large and pretty enormous when the rear seats are folded down.

Get about 21 miles in Winter on Electric and 25 miles in summer from mixed terrain.

If even half of that comes to fruition, the next 5 years are going to be a wild ride!

Now we can call the 2nd gen Leaf 1.5 gen Leaf.

The real 2nd gen Leaf will debut between 2020 and 2022 with much improved efficiency and sleeker battery pack (21700 cylindrical cell?).

In the mean time, we shouldn’t buy the 1.5 unless a huge discount applies. Its MPGe is expected far below than Tesla Model 3 (110-ish) probably.

I can’t see any reason to fault your logic.
I agree.

Still thinking of Model 3’s under-rated, but monumental (~900 pound, or so) weight loss, its consequential 30+% efficiency gain over Tesla Model S, and how if this were to happen with a gas-powered car it would be a “breakthrough” in technology. Granted Model 3 is smaller, but that type of efficiency leap within any manufacturer’s sedan line is pretty unheard of.

Hmmmm, I dunno. I would guess if you look back at the period following the Arab Oil embargo of 1973, it wouldn’t be hard to find an example of a U.S. auto maker who came out with a new, smaller sedan with a 30% or better improvement in MPG. Say, an increase from 15 to 20 MPG, or from 17 to 23.

Mercedes S Class vs. Mercedes C Claes
BMW 7er vs. BMW 3er.

All of those smaller ones get way better fuel efficiency. At least 15-30%.

If you are leasing, the new Leaf is a decent deal. I mean what other options do you have in that price range? Bolt EV in the states and Zoe in Europe. Without a reservation it might take another 2 years until you can get your hands on a M3.

I think that all those 12 new EV models will be revealed in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 (because of the new platforms, batteries and motors).

Meaning that no new EV models will be revealed in the years 2018 and 2019.

There will be an SUV version of 2nd (1.5 practically) gen Leaf.


1 new EV model before 2020, and the remaining 11 new EV models in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Random note: New Nissan CEO (and former lead design guy – now retired) have gone on the record as saying both a long range utility vehicle and a sedan will be offered over the next 2 years.


2 new EV model before 2020, and the remaining 10 new EV models in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Meaning that the real push towards electrification will start be as from 2020 and onwards.

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Shouldn’t it be called a 5 year plan?

Benz-0-Dream for the Checkered Flag!
Let the Victory lap Begin!

Ha! I was thinking that same thing. I guess they’re counting what’s left of 2017 as a year.

Just as a note on this:

When Nissan (or Toyota, etc) talk about years, they go be their fiscal year in Japan (which runs thru Q1 of the next calendar year), so in this case “Alliance 2022” actually goes until March 31st, 2023.

This why when you hear about the longer range ~60kWh LEAFs arrival coming “later next year”, they also use the term “fiscal year”, as the ETA on the longer range/2019 LEAF is more like Dec 2018/Jan 2019 than the start of MY 2018 when arrives in ~August 2018 for some vehicles.

Nissan just isn’t going to kick off new LEAF/40 kWh production in the US/Europe in December, then start a line switch over in June availability).

Nissan is still making decisions base on their obsolete ICEV technology. EVs are another all together different technology and the old business models don’t fit. Nissan’s performance in the EV arena has been fair at best, especially when dealing with their EV customers over battery improvements and resale values.

They build a nice, well-engineered little EV with great potential for upgrades; indeed, look at the newer 2018 which has been built on the original 2011 chassis with update components and newly styled sheetmetal; but, they chose for some reason to wait for the other legacy makers to catch up and squandered a seven year lead on the competition. That is a major mistake and now they’ve fallen from “The Catbird Seat” and must play “catch up.”

This alliance has a lot to lose if their management can’t make the transition. Perhaps what they need is a new CEO or a good executive from Silicon Valley to lead them into the future. They have to see an EV as a computer with wheels instead of just another car with a computer.

But why do EVs have to be computers with wheels? Automated functions are being greeted by more public cynicism, not less. EVs fight the stigma of “city-cars”, that make “dull” less “dull”. With torque-vectoring, better throttle modulation, battery weight placement, (not to mention huge torque, in the first place), EVs need to shake what really is an “improved golf-cart” reputation.

Nissan feeds this deliberate dichotomy. They have plenty of driving fans, and products for them. From personal experience, I’d say they are the most popular Japanese brand, at recreational track events. So, when Nissan takes the slow road with EVs and licks their wounds over failed vertical integration with batteries, etc., I see it as a commitment which ultimately isn’t more intense than most of the other majors. They will always get kudos for how early the LEAF came along.

Most is the same, you still screw parts together to get something that is moving. I don’t get why they should change any of their prodution methods. If you have experience in highly automated production why should it count for ICEs and for BEVs not??

Go Carlos Go!

He’s Ghosn as fast as he can!

Ok I’ll admit it. I LOL’ed 🙂

Well, the “Alliance” has the market covered. With the best selling EV to date (Leaf) and the worst selling (iMEV – at least in the US) they do know the entire market range!

I think the Renault Zoe is the pick of that litter. I think a sport one coming too, that looks good, but maybe that was just a prototype.

It’s actually pretty disappointing, to be honest. They’ve had 6yrs already with the Nissan/Renault alliance, why haven’t they got common platform already? I really don’t get it, they already have the battery cells and electronics developed. How hard is it to really configure the eNV200 van so that the batteries lie under the floor and there are 2 or 3 options to add modules for different ranges? It seems like the market in the US alone would be justified based on comments. Even if the battery was two storey, the van would still have awesome load capacity. And the same with the Leaf. Almost every vehicle has variants like sedan, wagon, hatch. So the range might suffer a little bit, but let’s face it the range is pretty low anyway, so it really wouldn’t make that much difference. We see EV conversions all the time that get pretty decent range. Modern cars are actually reasonably aerodynamic already. And Ioniq also shows that more efficient motors are possible, yet it sounds like the Leaf 2018 is using the same motor just a better inverter to give it more power. They need to promote some of these improvements if they have actually… Read more »

In the past years of the current decade the need to accelerate the push towards electrification of vehicles has not really been very high.

In 2017 though many car manufacturers have made bold announcements regarding plans for a substantially higher push towards electrification of vehicles.

To me that feels like we now have entered a kind of a next level. They are now getting more serious about it than before. And that level of seriousness will only increase every year.

This will result in more and more new Plug-In car models entering in the market, more competition, lower gross margins, and eventually also lower prices.

The push towards electrification of vehicles will increase every year.

Nissan puts their logo on Renault vans.

Renault Trafic = Nissan NV300
Renault Master = Nissan NV400

and I’m sure Renault puts their name on a Nissan model or two.

EVs is a small market, but they will benefit when numbers increase.

Then Renault Zoe can be sold as Nissan Zoe in USA, Canada and other markets where Renault is not there.

It’s tough to operate 4 makes (Renault, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi).

Wouldn’t it just be better for Renault to start selling the Renault Zoe in the US themselves?

No. It’s easier to rebadge the car a Nissan and use the existing Nissan dealer/service network, rather than try to build up a new network and also establish a new brand identity.

The reason why Acura/Lexus/Infiniti/Genesis exist is to get away from the existing brand identity so they can sell more profitable luxury cars, which makes building a new network worth it. Renault doesn’t qualify for that logic.

The US is a big car market. Therefore I think that all brands should have their own network of dealers in the US. Because I think that Renault is missing out on a lot of car sales which they could have sold in the US. Meaning that they could have reached higher global annual total sales numbers. Renault has a pretty good mix of car models to offer to the US customer.

The issue is Renault has no foothold in the US. Most US consumers have never heard of it. So, build a dealer network with a brand no one has heard of… You can see how that would be a seriously uphill battle.

On top of that the US is a crowded market. There’s not a lot of room for another competitor to break in.

Imagine if VW would never have had a foothold in China.

Of course it will be a uphill battle. It’s never going to be easy.

The point is that Renault has some good vehicles to offer to the US customer.

If you never aim at something, you will never hit it.

By the way, I also think that Renault should also sell cars in China as well.

And they already can sell every single one of those cars in the USA by rebadging it as a Nissan and selling it through Nissan’s extensive existing network.

It would be one thing if the Renault-Nissan Alliance didn’t exist. But given that it does, it makes no sense to try to build up a new network from scratch when it’s a lot cheaper and easier to simply rebadge cars instead.

“And Ioniq also shows that more efficient motors are possible…”

No, the Ioniq Electric shows that an auto maker can trade off power for increased energy efficiency, by using a less powerful motor and a gear ratio that favors energy efficiency over power.

That’s always been possible. My first car, a 1975 Honda Civic CVCC, had a very high (for the time) MPG rating. It also had a 0-60 time of 15.5 seconds! The Ioniq Electric, being an EV, has a somewhat better 0-60 time, but compared to other EVs it’s abysmal.

Bravo Mr. Carlos Ghosn.

This RNM alliance is the undisputable champion of the electric vehicle World.

We are waiting to see new Leaf on the streets.
Also the Outlander PHEV.


It’s very important that Nissan came up with the Nissan Leaf in 2010. That was very helped to educate the public about the advantages of an EV.

A lot of credit for that goes to Carlos Ghosn.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be very popular in the US.

Emphasis on “WILL” is pretty important at this point. But POPULAR, it may actually be!

Got to put N.A customers hands behind the wheel first! Then they will fly off the shelves.

Not any more, they’ve lost their chance! No active thermal management. All electric sun’s are coming online. The only thing they did right was putting DCFC.

Without battery thermal management it’s not good. They need to be the best EV with long lasting batteries before they keep making any. Without that it’s not SUSTAINABLE.

In colder areas Leafs live well and are will live even better with a much larger pack (less stress on individual cells) but in hotter places or in the hands of people who DCFC all the time a TMS is a must.

The new Leaf did not make it into my Excel sheet for BEVs for 2 reasons:
1 no 200 miles of EPA range
2 missing TBM

Also: all those long range vehicles still a few years away will still NOT beat the M3 75.

How many Nissan Leafs will be sold in 2018?


30k Leaf Sales in the US in 2018. The rest of the 70k will be hard to figure the dispersion/split between UK, Japan, and Europe.

I am electric engineer specialist in electronic EV and I’m from Brazil, here we need these car Leaf is a new model and our market with solar generation will be excellent

The Leaf, with its lack of battery thermal management system, won’t do well in the tropical heat of Brazil. And Leaf battery fade tends to be even worse in areas of high humidity.

They certainly have enough brands to leverage a global / scale-able Ev platform.

Go Nissan / Renault & Mitsubishi bring it global and multi vehicle type.