Renault and Nissan have stepped up their race with Tesla to power electric cars
Renault and Nissan aim to be among the first car manufacturers to sell 1m electric vehicles using a unified battery system, along with Tesla and Volkswagen, positioning them as leaders in the industrial sector.
Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault, made the announcement this week on FT The future of the Auto Summit, adding that partners were in talks to normalize the battery modules used in their electric cars.
It is a sign that the broken alliance is often healing under the new leadership, following the arrest of former partner Carlos Ghosn in 2018, who was arrested in 2018 on charges of financial conduct.
“If we could get a very synergistic approach to battery life, the alliance would probably be one of the first to exceed the threshold of millions of cars sold in the same battery module,” De Meo said.
Reducing complexity and cost is key for motorists as they try to reduce the price of battery cars while raising the profit margins they sell.
Today, Renault and Nissan create batteries separately, but Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief executive, said the next-generation technology will be an “ordinary battery” for the pact, including Mitsubishi.
“If we make a battery for 10m cars with the same chemistry, the same structure, the same sourcing, it will definitely move forward,” he said at the virtual summit.
The alliance plans place the team at a moving distance from VW, which plans to sell 1m electric or hybrid this year, although only half of them will have a battery.
Tesla, which only sells electric cars, is increasing production of its electric vehicles after being close to delivering 500,000 units last year.
Ford and Stellantis at the three-day FT event, car drivers were warned about car prices by going to electric vehicles too quickly.
European President Stuart Rowley Ford said more cooperation is needed with the government, energy companies and charging teams to encourage wider adoption of battery cars, as well as lowering the price so that current car buyers can afford the models.
“It needs to be addressed at the ministerial level, but it needs to involve both local and national government, suppliers and industry stakeholders,” he said.
“If we don’t succeed, people will keep older vehicles, more polluting vehicles. We can’t leave people behind. “
There were also warnings to tighten the clean materials needed to make the batteries if motorists proceeded with their intentions to decarbonize the fleet.
While carmakers are trying to get the materials decarbonized, Tomas Nauclér, McKinsey, told the FT event that he expected a risk of a shortage of clean source parts.
He expected a shortage of materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel or iron in the second half of the decade as new processes to reduce emissions from extraction or processing made efforts by miners to meet expected demand from rising demand.
“We will tighten green materials in the second half of this decade, probably in the next decade as well,” he said. “The next five years will be decisive in whether we see enough supply coming fast enough.”