Written by Daniel Andzhurov – February 01, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi form an Alliance that is a pioneer in the EV market, with more than €10 billion already invested in electrification. In the main markets (Europe, Japan, USA, China), 15 plants of the Alliance already produce parts, motors, and batteries for 10 electric car models, and so far more than 1 million cars have been sold and 30 billion e-kilometers have been traveled.
Competitiveness is key, so member companies are developing a common strategy for Alliance batteries, leading, among other things, to choosing a common battery supplier for Renault and Nissan in key markets. The Alliance is working with common partners to achieve real scale and affordability, which reduces battery costs by 50% in 2026 and by 65% by 2028. With this approach, by 2030, the Alliance will have a total of 220 GWh of production capacity for electric vehicle batteries at key production sites around the world.
In addition, the Alliance shares a common vision for all-solid-state battery (ASSB) technology. Based on its deep experience and unique expertise as a pioneer in battery technology, Nissan will lead innovations in this area that will benefit all members of the Alliance. The ASSB will have twice the energy density of current liquid electrolyte lithium-ion batteries. Charging time will also be significantly reduced, which will allow customers to take longer trips with increased convenience, confidence, and pleasure.
The goal is to achieve mass production of ASSB by mid-2028, and in the future to achieve cost parity compared to a car with an internal combustion engine by reducing costs to $65 per kWh, accelerating the global shift to electric mobility.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The drawbacks of lithium-ion batteries, such as long charging times, have been discussed in the industry for a while now, however, this is the first news we come across about some actual plan to make a step further in the development of electric vehicles. We, at Auto Trendy, believe that this will be an evolution in the revolution of electric cars and we are curious to see its outcomes.