The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is betting on a spike in electric cars worldwide, in the following years. It announced on Friday plans to design and produce 12 new electric models by 2022. Moreover, the group is aiming to make electric cars 30% of its overall output.
According to the alliance’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, further government restrictions on both diesel and gasoline cars will boost the electric cars market.
Ghosn said in an interview “We don’t’ know how much time it’s going to take … but this is coming“. Moreover, Britain and France decided to ban new diesel and gasoline car sales from 2040. Additionally, China is considering a similar move.
Ghosn also mentioned that: “People are looking a little bit further in to the future […] I’m going to go electric because I don’t want to have the problem with the car I have today three, four years down the road“.
The carmakers are aiming to offer a driving range of over 600 km (373 miles) by 2022, for their electric vehicles. Moreover, they plan to reduce electric car battery costs by 30%, from 2016 levels.
By 2018, the group plans to offer an autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways, where human driver intervention would be minimal. By 2020, it plans to expand the assisted driving technology to urban environments as well. Finally, in 2022 it aims to have for sale a fully autonomous vehicle, requiring no human intervention at all.
The alliance, who collectively sold more vehicles than any other company in the world in the first half of 2017, also unveiled a new logo to represent the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The three car manufacturers, each owning shares in the other two, operate as three separate, cooperating companies, having a layer of common management and being headed by Carlos Ghosn.