The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance made an announcement this week that is nothing if not ambitious. The three automakers plan to introduce 35 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2030, a mere eight years from now.
North America won't see all of these models, rest assured. Some of the Kei-type models will be reserved for the Japanese market, while others will be aimed at the commercial van market. Nevertheless, several of the models to come will surely be marketed here.
There was more to the announcement: the Alliance also confirmed that the development of solid state batteries is in its plans.
The three manufacturers will obviously benefit from the economies of scale generated by the nature of their association. In fact, many of the Alliance's models are already based on a common structure. The Nissan Sentra, for example, shares its underpinnings with the third-generation Renault Scenic. Here, Nissan's Rogue and Mitsubishi's Outlander have several elements in common.