The three Alliance brands are also sharing software platforms. It will roll out the Google automotive ecosystem in its cars, starting with the Mégane E-Tech Electric and rolling out to Nissan and other brands. “The Alliance will also be the first global mass-market OEM to introduce the Google ecosystem in its car,” it said in a statement.
The Alliance will launch its first so-called ‘software-defined’ vehicle in 2025 using powerful central computer chips that can be updated over the air and allow the brands to “unbundle software from hardware”, de Meo said. That will allow the company to reduce the development time for digital services from “more than one year to one week”, de Meo said.
The Alliance said three million cars are already connected to the Alliance Cloud and that will rise to five million new connected cars per year by 2026.
The three companies also clarified their common battery strategy and promised production capacity of 220GWh in the future. Nissan and Renault have signed agreements with Chinese maker Envision to partner on new plants in Sunderland and in France to supply batteries.
The Alliance promised a reduction in battery costs of 50% in 2026 and 65% by 2028 from current levels. It also gave further details on its planned solid-state roll-out from 2028, led by Nissan under the Alliance’s ‘leader-follower’ strategy.