By now, you would have heard of Renault’s plan to release an $8,000 electric vehicle in China and its collaboration with Nissan to share the same electric car platform for the upcoming Leaf/Zoe.
But, wait. There’s more. Mitsubishi is reported to be joining in on this platform sharing and it is slated to get its own electric car based on this new platform.
This platform sharing will greatly benefit Nissan as the automaker would be able to reduce the pricing of the future Leaf to about 2 million yen ($17,000), or 20 percent lower than it’s current base price.
In the US, that would be about $24,500 or $17,000, after federal credit cut, and it would be lower than the current $30,680 MSRP for the entry level 30kWh Leaf, despite the assumption that the next-gen Leaf will be coming with a high base capacity battery for that price.
Nikkei, Japanese news outlet, stated that, “That would make an electric Nissan as cheap as the company’s gasoline counterparts, something Nissan hopes will set it apart from rival auto groups.. The LEAF currently starts at about 2.8 million yen, higher than similar classes of gasoline-powered cars.”
Rumor has it that from 2018 onwards, Renault-Nissan and Mitsubishi will co-develop a common electric car architecture which will be used for all future electric models.
Platform sharing would aid in lowering pricing but it could lead to compromised vehicles, do you think this is a good idea?