After recently acquiring a 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan Alliance is now confirming the company is working on a plug-in hybrid that will share technology with Mitsubishi. The news yields a bit of an about-face for Nissan, who has recently opted to go straight to pure EV’s versus plug-in hybrids.
The working assumption here is that Nissan is going to leverage the technology found in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It isn’t clear which product Nissan would leverage the plug-in hybrid tech in, but the company seems to hint towards a crossover model. Given the popularity of crossovers these days, that’s probably a safe assumption as well.
Nissan’s European R&D boss, Takashi Shirakawa, recently confirmed the plug-in plans in speaking with UK based AutoExpress.
“Our current priority is to shift into EVs for the future, but we still need a bridge,” stated Shirakawa. “We are now working on a plug-in hybrid solution for Europe.
The remaining question is whether or not the plug-in hybrid solution would find its way to the North American market. Given the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is offered in North America, a Nissan variant could technically be offered in the U.S. as well.
Shirakawa went on to state that the next-generation products of both Mitsubishi and Nissan will be shared as Mitsubishi has been “welcomed to the family.” So it sounds like we can expect to see more shared products between the two new family members going forward.