It seems not only premium manufacturers are caught up in the electrification hype. Volume brands are also making electric and hybrid models a priority in future development strategies including Mazda and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Though it currently has a hybrid version of the Mazda3, the company will start including full-electric models as well as more hybrid versions by 2019 according to Automotive News. This is part of a consolidated plan to electrify all of Mazda’s vehicles by 2030 according to the report. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has also disclosed aggressive plans regarding electrification in its Alliance 2022 plan. According to the group’s Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, the Alliance will release 12 new full-electric vehicles by this year, placing special focus on extending range and reducing battery costs. “We are going to use the scale we have to build more competitive advantages for the future,” said Ghosn to Bloomberg News.
After its diesel scandal of two years ago, even Volkswagen is shifting its focus toward electrification. The company is investing US$24 billion to deliver 80 new electric cars by 2025, which is 50 more than the Group’s previous goal of 30. Furthermore, the Volkswagen Group expects to have an electric version of all its 300 models by 2030. “A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow,” said the Group’s CEO, Matthias Mueller while unveiling the company’s development plan “roadmap E.”
The data used in this article was sourced from Automotive News, Nissan and Volkswagen.