The next generation Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe electric vehicles are heading towards a shared platform to amortise development costs, cementing the high-tech zero emissions future of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The two currently utilise separate chassis architectures and unique batteries with different sizing and packaging though both feature a front-mounted motor, front wheel drive, and batteries mounted beneath the floor within the wheelbase.
By the next generation the Zoe and Leaf will continue to offer different exterior and interior designs, but will share hardpoints meaning the Clio-sized Zoe and Pulsar-sized Leaf will end up a similar size, though it is unknown if the Renault will grow, or the Nissan will downsize.
Arnaud Deboeuf, senior vice president of Renault-Nissan BV (the company’s joint venture management company) spoke with industry journal Automotive News on the future of the electrification projects for each brand, offering key details.
At this stage timing for both next-generation cars is set for some time in 2020, with a planned facelift for the Leaf due in 2018.
Battery synergies could also be on the cards. Currently the Leaf battery comes from Nissan’s in-house battery division whereas the Zoe runs a battery supplied by LG Chem, however Deboeuf remarked that future supply is yet to be confirmed.
In their most recent iterations the Zoe runs a 41kWh battery with a 400km range, where as the 30kWh Leaf battery is capable of 250km.
Other shared-platform vehicles in the Renault-Nissan Alliance include the Nissan X-Trail and Renault Koleos SUVs and the Renault Clio and recently announced 2017 Nissan Micra with Deboeuf addressing criticism of the lack cost-saving platform-share projects, citing the long-lead on development cycles as the primary reason.