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A Robo-Taxi And 12 Zero-Emission Vehicles To Be Launched By Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi By 2022, Chief Says

A Robo-Taxi And 12 Zero-Emission Vehicles To Be Launched By Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi By 2022, Chief Says
Alliance 2022, the group's new six-year plan was announced on Friday by Carlos Ghosn chairman and chief executive of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
While a robo-vehicle ride-hailing service is also in the works, 40 vehicles with varying levels of autonomy are planned to be introduced by the Alliance.
"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."
With values ranging from €5 billion to €10 billion on an annual basis by 2022, the Alliance is "going to double the synergies" between the formerly separate companies, Ghosn also said. based on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies, plans for increasing collaboration between Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors is how it wants to achieve this.
"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 forecast is selling 10.5 million in 2017 and 14 million by the end of the plan by the three companies against sale of about 10 million cars in 2016 by the three combined separately, he further added.
Aiming for 30 percent reduction and a 15-minute charging time for a 230 km range (143 miles) by 2022, the alliance is focused on reducing battery costs in its electric vehicles. Some concerns about the necessary raw materials were however cited by Ghosn.
"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."
Cars that are electric, autonomous and connected is Ghosn's vision: "A lot of concept cars. It's about electric. Plus the fact that many governments are starting to make bold statements about the transportation of the future and the fact that zero-emission is at the center of their preoccupation."
Ghosn confirmed that the Alliance will continue to produce diesel and fuel cars in the future even as other automakers such as Volvo and Volkswagen have ruled out the production of those cars.
China, Russia and Southeast Asia remains the Alliance's biggest markets. Ghosn doesn't see the growth opportunities increasing in both the United States and Mexico which are its big markets.
He isn't particularly worried as it is a 20-year-old agreement that needs to be adapted to reality , Ghosn said, today even though the status of the North African Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a concern
"But I think everybody has an interest in NAFTA, this is something which has been done in function, in the interests of the United States, of Mexico and Canada," he said. "So I'm very personally confident that even if there are some changes on NAFTA, it will stay, because it's in the best interest of the three countries."

Christopher J. Mitchell

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