Nissan’s fourth electric vehicle will be a hatchback. It will replace iconic compact car Micra and enter production in France.
Nissan demonstrated its fourth electric vehicle with a teaser video recently. It will be a successor to the iconic supermini Micra, targeting European customers. The electric hatch won’t probably be called Micra, though. It will take a new name that will show its new nature, which is purely electric.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi already spent €10 billion for electrification as of today. Giant alliance unveiled a new plan worth €23 billion ($26 billion), to jointly develop and produce electric vehicles. A variety of EV models ranging from compact superminis such as Nissan Micra to light-duty commercial vehicles will be designed and produced by the Franco-Japan alliance starting next year. The main manufacturing operations will be held at Renault’s latest automotive facility cluster called ElectriCity, which is located in northern France.
The Micra successor is one of the first EVs that the alliance will build by 2030. There is no clear timeline for the compact battery-electric vehicle’s launch date yet. Rumors indicate that it will be based on the same modular platform as Renault 5. Renault Zoe replacement will enter production later this year. It is safe to say that the electric variant of the Nissan Micra is also in its final development stage before mass production. Industry sources expect electric Micra to be launched by 2024.
Thanks to the collaboration between three automakers, future EVs coming from these brands will cost 30 percent less than previous models such as Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.