Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi form partnership called Alliance 2022.

There’s a brand-new space race going on, but this one involves a little more mundane form of transportation. The technology and software powering it, however, are nothing short of sci-fi futuristic concepts in the speed with which they are developing.

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi have formed a partnership called Alliance 2022, an apt name given their work together and their proposed timeline that will put their own EV models on the road by 2022, along with autonomous vehicles – and a ride hailing service. This comes at a time when Renault has some amends to make for intentionally gaming the anti-pollution protocols on its vehicles, and producing an electric alternative to a fuel-burning vehicle may be a step in the right direction.

Alliance 22 plans to roll out 12 electric cars, and 40 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2022.

Alliance 22 plans to roll out 12 electric cars, and 40 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2022.

Long journey ahead?

There are a lot of technology-based reasons why EVs are not a household object, at least not yet. While battery innovations, auto industry regulations, and the expense of building mass-production plants are all problematic, it’s the drivers themselves who may pose the biggest obstacle to EV adoption.

Price, performance and range

In an interview with TechCrunch, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Alliance 2022, admitted one of the biggest pitfalls that has prevented viable mass market sales of electric cars. Ghosn states that consumers want to reduce emissions and lessen worldwide dependency on fossil fuels, yet drivers think “other people” should be the ones to sacrifice speed, driveable distances between recharges, and most of all, price. Until drivers let go of their 0-to-60 obsession and make the switch to a more sustainable solution, electric cars may continue to be a niche product rather than a global option.