A report in the Nikkei newspaper says that Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors will share an electric vehicle platform in order to bring development and production costs more in line with gasoline-powered cars.
The news follows announcements of similar strategies from Toyota and Volkswagen, with both companies indicating that they will increase their production of EVs to meet increasingly stringent emissions and fuel economy regulations.
According to the Nikkei, the three companies will share components including electric motors, inverters and batteries, while Mitsubishi will adopt the next generation of Nissan’s Leaf platform for development of a new vehicle.
Nissan’s revamped Leaf is expected to be launched in 2018.
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