Renault-Nis­san prom­ises 12 new elec­tric ve­hi­cles by 2022

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

THE RENAULT- Nis­san al­liance is sharply ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion of elec­tric cars, vow­ing 12 new mod­els by 2022 and to make elec­tric cars 30 per­cent of its over­all out­put. The car­mak­ers -who col­lec­tively sold more ve­hi­cles than any other com­pany in the world in the first half of this year -also an­nounced plans to make a “robo-taxi,” driver­less pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles and au­ton­o­mous cars aimed at the mass mar­ket. The an­nounce­ments are part of an over­all strate­gic plan re­leased Friday, aimed at tak­ing ad­van­tage of the al­liance’s grow­ing reach af­ter tak­ing over Mit­subishi last year to con­sol­i­date its po­si­tion and make elec­tric and driver­less cars more af­ford­able. They also un­veiled a new logo for the three-way al­liance. The al­liance aims to in­crease the range of its elec­tric cars to more than 600 kilo­me­ters, and speed up the time it takes to charge. It wants 15 min­utes of charg­ing time to al­low 230 kilo­me­ters of range, up from 90 kilo­me­ters of range now. The al­liance an­nounced that through 2022 it will ex­pand devel­op­ment of ve­hi­cles with dif­fer­ent lev­els of au­ton­o­mous tech­nol­ogy, start­ing with par­tial hu­man mon­i­tor­ing and end­ing with a fully driver­less car that can ride on high­ways.

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