Renault has been planning, for quite some time now, to launch an $8,000 EV over at China. This company will be joining forces with Nissan in sharing the same electric car platform for its soon-to-arrive Leaf/Zoe.
This may have inspired other automakers as well since Mitsubishi wants to join in the party too. Recent reports disclose that Mitsubishi will be collaborating on this platform sharing and it is expected to be producing its very own EV that underpins this new platform.
This move will aid Nissan in decreasing the price of the upcoming Leaf to about 2 million yen, which comes up to about $17,000 or a 20 percent reduction from its existing entry level price.
Translating that into US dollars, we can expect to see it priced at about $24,500 or $17,000 after federal credit cut. This makes it way cheaper than the $30,680 MSRP for the base 30kWh Leaf.
Nikkei, the Japanese news outlet, revealed 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.”
Rumor has it that Renault-Nissan as well as Mitsubishi will be co-producing a shared electric car platform which will be utilized for all their upcoming electric models next year.
There’s no doubt that platform sharing will help reduce the prices but this could lead to compromising on the vehicles’ quality. Well, let’s hope that wouldn’t affect the vehicles too much.