Renault-Nissan, Daimler mull extending alliance to autonomous, battery tech

October 3, 2018 11:50 CET

PARIS — Renault-Nissan and Daimler may expand their cooperation to battery and autonomous cars technology and mobility services, the companies said.

“The industry being in transformation in the area of connectivity, autonomous cars and connected services, there are plenty of areas of cooperation for our entities,” Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told a news conference in Paris.

It could be an advantage for the companies to pursue different avenues of battery research and to pool their findings, as the industry seeks better battery chemistry for electric cars, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said.

Ghosn said the auto industry was seeing increased demand for electric vehicles.

“The higher price of oil, the more tailwind you will have behind electric cars,” he said, adding that a shortage of battery cells and electric motors means the auto industry is unable to meet demand for zero-emission vehicles, irrespective of short-term oil price moves.

The alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan, launched in April 2010, covers various projects including engines, compact cars and a pickup for Mercedes-Benz.

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