Renault-Nissan alliance had a plenty of joint projects. Recently the company’s management announced, probably, the most important collaboration project so far – the common platform for the next generation of Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.
Such step would definitely be beneficial for the alliance since its mass-production application and the potential to reduce costs of producing a vehicle on a large scale, as well as the retail price. However, accroding to Renault-Nissan BV senior vice-president this project will take quite long production cycle – next generations of both EVs should not be expected to come until 2020.
Despite the common platform, the vehicles will have different exterior design (that is interesting since now that cars differ very much from size perspective), while sharing the underpinnings and electric motors. It is not clear whether the batteries will vary: now Renault uses LG Chem cells in Zoe batteries, while Nissan has its own battery venture. By the way, recently Renault presented a new 41 kWh battery providing Zoe with 200 miles of range. Nissan still uses 30 kWh battery with 107 miles potential.
At the beginning of January Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is going to deliver a speech at CES 2017. It is rumored that he will show a new 60 kWh electric vehicle with over 200 miles range – though there are no official confirmation on that point.