Nissan and Honda join hands on EV development

Max McDee, 15 March 2024

Confirming recent reports Nissan and Honda have announced a groundbreaking partnership to jointly develop electric vehicles. While the scope of their collaboration is still being defined, this alliance suggests a dramatic shift toward electrification amongst Japanese automakers.

The partnership comes as Japan's auto giants face fierce global competition in the EV market. Tesla and Chinese rivals like BYD have surged ahead, leaving established Japanese companies playing catch-up. Nissan, despite pioneering mass-market EVs with the Leaf over a decade ago, has been eclipsed by more nimble contenders. Honda, known for its reliable and fuel-efficient vehicles, has similarly struggled to gain ground in the EV sector.

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"We recognize the need to accelerate our efforts toward a completely carbon-neutral and accident-free future," said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. "This strategic partnership is an acknowledgment that we need to break with legacy practices and collaborate to remain competitive."

Honda President Toshihiro Mibe echoed Uchida's sentiment: "The automotive industry is undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation. We need to explore the potential of partnerships to create new value and propel ourselves forward."

The potential alliance could bring significant benefits to both companies. Joint development of core EV components, like batteries and powertrains, could drastically cut costs and speed up production. Moreover, combining expertise in automotive software could help Nissan and Honda develop advanced driver assistance systems and even autonomous driving technology.

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This strategic shift is also significant for the broader Japanese auto industry. Toyota, the industry leader, has historically favored hybrid technology over fully electric vehicles. However, the Nissan-Honda partnership might signify a broader industry pivot toward an all-electric future.

The companies have yet to disclose specific financial details of the agreement, but both CEOs acknowledged the possibility of a future capital tie-up. For now, the focus is on exploring avenues for collaboration in key areas. It will be exciting to see how this partnership unfolds and what new EV models emerge as a result.



Reader comments

That would work if Nissan EV platform was any good, but it certainly isn't and Aria / Leaf remain technically terrible platforms compared to any decent competition or even cheapest Chinese EV. Toyota on the other had is in prototype faze, when...

  • koratora

Honda is piggy backing on nissans ev platform. Honda is trying to make up for its lack of momentum in EV. They are so far behind the curve now, no choice but to team up with someone else. Toyota might end up the same, if the solid state battery thing...



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