By now, you would have heard of Renault’s plans of releasing an $8,000 EV in China and it will be collaborating with Nissan by sharing the same electric car platform for its upcoming Leaf/Zoe.
But, wait. There’s more – Mitsubishi wants in on it too. It’s reported that Mitsubishi will be joining this platform sharing and it is slated to gain its very own EV based on this new platform.
This platform sharing will allow Nissan to reduce the price tag of the next-gen Leaf to approximately 2 million yen ($17,000) or a 20 percent drop from its current entry level price.
When you bring in into US context, it would be about $24,500 or$17,000, after figuring in federal credit cut, making it way cheaper than the current $30,680 MSRP for the base 30kWh Leaf. As if that wasn’t enough, the next-gen Leaf is rumored to be coming with a high base capacity for that price.
Nikkei, a Japanese news outlet, states that this price “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.”
The rumor mill has been saying that Renault-Nissan and now, Mitsubishi will be co-developing a shared electric car architecture which will be used for all upcoming EVs in 2018.
Platform sharing will definitely aid in bringing down vehicle’s pricing but it could affect the quality of the vehicle. So, will it be worth it then?