On 15th September 2017, the chief executive of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, announced their new six-year strategy called as the Alliance 2022.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance aims to become a strong shareholder in the electric cars market by launching 12 new, electric, zero emission vehicles by 2022 thus, determining to increase the share of electric cars to 30% of its overall output.
The Alliance also announced that it will enter the driverless ride-hailing services market with the development of a “robo-taxi” and to provide self-driving vehicles for public transport and car sharing purposes.
It plans to introduce 40 new vehicles with different levels of autonomy that range from partial human supervision to fully autonomous cars .
“This is going to develop mainly for commercial users,” Ghosn said of the robo-vehicle. “There is a lot of demand for many companies like Uber or others. And we intend to compete, because in a certain way, we are able to have the technology allowing the car without the driver.”
Collectively, the carmakers sold the most number of vehicles in the first half of this year than any other company on as global level. The strategy is a part of the plan aiming to bank on the expanding resources of the Alliance after the take over of Mitsubishi and to work towards a goal of affordable electric and autonomous cars. The Alliance wants to “double the synergies” of the previously separate organisations from €5billion to €10billion per year by 2022. The steps to achieve this goal is for all three carmakers to increase collaboration between themselves and share production, engineering, purchasing platforms for Electric and connected technologies.
“Obviously part of this increase will come from the growth of each company which mean the area where we are already cooperating, synergies are going to grow because of the growth of the companies,” Ghosn said.
The companies plan to increase their sale of 10 million cars in 2016 to 10.5 million in this year and 14 million and to up the sales to $240 billion by the end of this six-year strategy.
The Alliance plans to make electric cars more affordable by reducing cost of battery by 30%. It wants to take up the range of its electric cars to 600km and also wants to decrease the charging-time providing 230kms of range in 15 minute charge.
“This is a risk. I think it’s very remote. We have evaluated the capacity of production of lithium and the capacity that can be made available very quickly,” he said. “We don’t think this is going to be a bottleneck at least for the next 5-6 years.”
As a re-branding effort,the Alliance unveiled a new logo.