Three of the world’s biggest car manufacturers Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault have announced that they will share common platforms on future electric car projects. The car manufacturers are three of the leading lights in the electric car sector and the pooling of their collective wisdom will surely pay dividends in what is certain to become the next boom in motoring. It will also help with efforts for the car manufacturers to get behind charging technologies. This is thought to be one of the biggest barriers to uptake as not all charging points will be of use to all cars. As manufacturers take ultimately different directions in charging technology.
This is hopefully good news in Britain, as current Nissan Leaf electric vehicles are already made here, it is hoped that with their technical know how even more electric vehicles could be built here in the future. This is an area where Britain’s technical expertise could pay dividends, although with the impending “Brexit” due to happen in 2019, it is uncertain as to whether manufacturers will move machinery to a country that in two years may not be able to trade with Europe on level terms. Though conversely that could be good new for France, as Renault is part owned by the French government they would certainly be keen to bring business to the country, though France isn’t known for its booming car manufacturing past.
Though hopefully the best news will be for consumers, reduced costs should result in reduced prices at showrooms, and as many major capitals begin to discuss the removal of diesel cars from their roads in the next few years, the boom in electric vehicle production and purchasing could be just around the corner as people seek an efficient alternative to cheap to fuel efficient but polluting diesel cars..
The future is certainly bright in the electric vehicle industry, and as big guns such as these three companies and Volkswagen turn their attention to them the boom in their production is surely upon us, it’s just now down to them to make arrangements for charging which is still their biggest problem, as there’s a lack of infrastructure, and seemingly a lack of will to change as manufacturers look at each other trying to figure out who pays what. Indeed this is what may just put the boom on hold, at least for the time being.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.