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Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi team up on self-driving and electric cars

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http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/15/tec...lliance-electric-self-driving-cars/index.html
<Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have unveiled plans to work together on electric and self-driving cars.
The automakers plan to release their first fully autonomous car, requiring no human driver at all, in about five years. Ultimately, the alliance intends to be a leader in driverless taxis, according to announcements made Friday.
Nissan (NSANF) already makes the world's best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, which was recently redesigned. The companies announced Friday that, together, they would launch 12 new all-electric vehicles by 2022.
They set a goal of offering a driving range over 600 kilometers, or 373 miles, by 2022, with a 30% decrease in battery costs. They also set a goal of getting 143 miles of range from a 15-minute charge. That's up from just 56 miles today.
The automakers also laid out a timetable for introducing autonomous driving technology.>

Which is interesting...since back in April...Renault-Nissan is to Build Electric Cars With China's Dongfeng!!
https://www.usnews.com/news/technol...hina-electric-vehicles-jv-with-dongfeng-motor

<BEIJING/PARIS (Reuters) - The Renault-Nissan alliance has announced plans to build electric cars in China in a new venture with Dongfeng Motor, joining the scramble by global automakers to meet Beijing's stringent quotas for zero-emission vehicles.

The venture, eGT New Energy Automotive Co, will develop an electric mini-SUV to go into production in 2019 by Dongfeng, the carmaking alliance said, for sale under the partners' own brands. Dongfeng already builds conventional vehicles with Nissan and its French parent Renault.

China, the world's biggest auto market, wants all-electric battery cars and plug-in hybrids to account for at least one-fifth of its vehicle sales by 2025, as policymakers grapple with alarming pollution levels in major cities.

Renault-Nissan so far leads the deployment of modern electric cars, thanks to the top-selling Nissan Leaf introduced in 2010 and Renault's Zoe subcompact launched two years later. But its leadership is being challenged by Tesla as well as more mainstream carmaker rivals.>
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