The “disruptive triangle” of electrification, connected-car technology and autonomous drive will allow automakers to fundamentally rethink how we approach mobility.
At the core of the work of the Alliance technology teams is a vision of a future with zero emissions and zero fatalities.
“We believe that our increasingly connected, intelligent, autonomous and non-polluting cars will help change the face of mobility in the future. We see a future where robot-vehicles will become a big part of the overall mobility ecosystem.”- Ogi Redzic, Alliance Senior Vice-President,
Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services.
The Nissan LEAF, the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle, remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 270,000* vehicles sold since its launch in December 2010. In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014.
Renault has sold more than 125,000 electric vehicles worldwide since 2011. It has the largest electric vehicle line-up with Renault ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E., the SM3 Z.E. and the Twizy. Renault leads the European EV market and one out 4 EVs sold there is a Renault. The ZOE is the most sold EV in Europe.
Mitsubishi Motors has sold the i-MiEV worldwide since 2010.
Electric Vehicles sold
as per September 30th
As the pioneer and global leader in zero-emission electric vehicles, our objective remains to be the number one provider of mainstream mass-market and affordable EVs around the world.
In total, 12 new electric vehicles will be launched by the end of 2022. We will achieve economies of scale by utilizing common electric vehicle platforms and shared components.
Of the 12 new electric vehicles, 70 percent will be based on these common platforms and 100 percent of e-components will be shared. We will also introduce common e-powertrain families that will contribute to reducing EV powertrain costs by 20 percent over the course of the plan. The cost of batteries will also be reduced by 30 percent.
This combination of increased battery efficiency and new powertrains will extend the range of our EVs. By 2022, we expect the range of these vehicles to exceed 600 kilometres, calculated under NEDC homologation methodology. More efficient batteries will contribute to faster charging times, removing another source of range anxiety. We expect to provide a range of 230 kilometres per 15-minute charge by 2022, up from 90 kilometres today – also under NEDC homologation methodology.
Alongside our pure EV efforts, we will adopt Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid technology for new models in the C/D segment for Renault and Nissan.
Taken together, the combination of pure battery EVs, PHEVs, e-powertrains and mild hybrids will lift the penetration of electrified models to 30 percent of total Alliance volumes by the end of 2022.
This will complement our other advances in connectivity and autonomous systems.
Alliance vehicles today are available with many advanced safety features such as lane-departure prevention and forward emergency braking. To offer safer and more convenient cars, the Alliance is now on track to launch 40 vehicle models with autonomous drive vehicle technologies by 2022.
Groupe Renault is developing safe and smooth driving technology to offer trustful Autonomous Drive on mainstream vehicles.
Nissan launched the advanced driver assistance technology which is capable of taking over some driving tasks in a single lane on highways, to the Serena in 2016 and the X-TRAIL and the new LEAF in 2017. This user-friendly technology will expand to other models and brands in the Alliance as more models are released.
The next milestones for our technological innovation include highly autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways in 2018 and on city roads in 2020 which are both capable of driving itself from point to point with a human driver’s continuous monitoring of the environment.
The alliance also plans to introduce highly autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways with occasional human driver intervention in 2020 and fully autonomous drive vehicles in 2022 with no human driver intervention necessary.
with autonomous drive technology by 2022
and mobility services
At Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi we are working on making the future of mobility a reality. The Alliance Connected and Mobility Services (A-CMS) organization was created in 2016 to accelerate the deployment of connected mobility solutions for everyone across the Alliance brands at Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Our approach is a clear point of differentiation; we are targeting all segments, from emerging markets through premium cars. At the Alliance, we are developing the common technology bricks that our brands will use to design the vehicle of the future; electric connected and autonomous.
Within the Alliance, A-CMS is developing the Alliance Connected Cloud, which will enable us to connect future, current and past connected vehicles onto the same platform. This will allow Alliance member companies to provide new services not only to the current generation of vehicles but also to some of the 70 million or so vehicles already on the road from Alliance members.
Those who purchase products built by members of the Alliance will benefit from our investment through a widening array of new services, further enhanced by over the air upgrades. We will provide our services in 7 key categories. A few simple examples of such services include: remote diagnostics, journey-planning and peer-to-peer car sharing. Altogether we are already planning 35 services by 2020, but the big benefit of the platform we are building is that we will be able to quickly adapt to market requirements and deploy new services rapidly.
The Alliance partners with other world-leading companies to achieve its connected car and mobility goals:
- With Microsoft: to design and deploy the Connected Vehicles Platform component of the Alliance Connected Cloud. The Connected Vehicles Platform manages Alliance vehicles connectivity across all markets.
- With Japanese internet company DeNA: to begin tests in Japan aimed at developing robot-vehicles for commercial services. The first phase of testing will begin in 2017 in designated zones in Japan, with a focus on technology development. By 2020, Nissan and DeNA plan to expand the scope of their tests to include commercial usage of driverless technology for mobility services in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
- With Transdev: to jointly explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric robot-vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. The research will initially include field tests in France in Paris-Saclay and Rouen using Renault ZOEs.