Nissan and Mitsubishi Forge Alliance On EV Pickup Truck For U.S. Market

The All-Electric 1-Ton Pickup Truck Will Debut Between 2027 and 2031

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By EV.com • April 2, 2024

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In collaboration, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced plans to jointly develop electric vehicles (EVs) constructed specifically for the United States (U.S.) market. This strategic partnership focuses on capitalizing on the growing demand for EVs while minimizing development costs.

The deal, which includes the development of an all-electric 1-ton pickup truck, marks a momentous milestone for both companies. Currently, neither company offers a battery-powered pickup truck in the U.S., making this venture a brave step into U.S. territory.

Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida stated that the collaboration will yield at least three distinct vehicles, including an all-electric Mitsubishi. This move comes as the automotive industry shifts its direction towards electrification

The partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi underscores their commitment to innovation and sustainability. By leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise, they strive to provide advanced EVs that meet the evolving needs of U.S. buyers.

While a timeline for the launches has yet to be said, Nissan’s ambitious plan, The Arc, to launch 30 new models by fiscal year 2026 suggests that the new models from Nissan and Mitsubishi could hit the streets within the next two years.

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According to Automotive News, the all-electric 1-ton pickup truck, co-developed by the two automakers, will be expected to debut between 2027 and 2031. This electric truck, likely to be a successor to the Nissan Frontier, will be manufactured in Mexico and sold in the United States and Latin America to bypass import tariffs.

The collaboration between Nissan and Mitsubishi extends beyond the development of EVs, where Mitsubishi will gain access to Nissan’s electric vehicle technology for its North American-made EV.

The announcement comes at a time when the automotive industry is undergoing a rapid transformation towards electrification. With Nissan and Mitsubishi joining forces, they can capitalize on this shift and drive positive change in the U.S. EV market.

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