Nissan and Mitsubishi teaming up to make a mini-vehicle

Mini Vehicles have always been a cheaper way to get around. The trend isn’t about to end with electric vehicles as one of the earliest players in the electric vehicle, Nissan is teaming up with Mitsubishi to release a new all-electric mini-vehicle.

The two Japanese automakers are bringing the 3.4 m long car to the market in 2022. It is 1.5 m wide ad 1.7 m tall, making it smaller than the iconic Leaf made by Nissan, which is about 4.5 m long.

As revealed by Nissan, the electric mini-vehicle will come with a 20 kWh battery, which the company says is enough to cover the daily driving needs of an average Japanese.

The mini-vehicle will have vehicle-to-grid (V2G), allowing it to share some of its battery charge, with a home, for example, or act as a mobile power bank. Other technologies include driver assist.

These, however, are not guaranteed as the final specs.

Nissan has sold more than 500,000 units of its Leaf electric model globally, with more than 150,000 sold in Japan. The company aims to make only electric vehicles by the 2030s. Mitsubishi on its part wants to electrify half its product lineup by 2030.

This new mini-vehicle is a 50-50 joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi, which will see them collaborating on the product planning and project management. The vehicle will capitalize on the popularity of mini-vehicles in Japan, where it will be released. It will move around with ease in the country’s often cramped traffic surroundings.

Nissan is pursuing an electrification program it calls Blue Switch, with which it plans to take on issues such as environmental load reduction and disaster countermeasures in Japan.

Prices are expected to start from two million yen, with subsidies.