Taking one more significant step to help reinforce its leadership position in the electric vehicle arena, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will open a new research and development facility in Mountain View, California. Located directly across from the Google campus and near numerous Silicon Valley electronic/computer giants, the operation is set to open later this month. According to Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, staffing for the new office will take place on an organic basis and revolve around specific projects and business developments as they emerge, dedicating small, highly efficient teams to vehicle IT development, advanced engineering research and technology recruitment "to capitalize on the region's world-class engineering talent and stay ahead of trends that are reshaping the way people interact with their cars."
Nissan plans to use the new Silicon Valley office to focus on various aspects of vehicle IT research, including graphical user-interface displays, in-car Internet connectivity and smart-grid research, with special emphasis on supporting and advancing the capabilities of sophisticated "Carwings" real-time telematics system. Renault's efforts will be based on expanding various aspects of research and advanced engineering for future sustainable vehicles, in particular on EVs and their supplier and infrastructure ecosystem, on-board services and associated business related functions.
"The Alliance is at the vanguard of the auto industry's shift to sustainable transportation. Having a greater footprint in one of the world's headquarters for clean tech research will extend our lead further," said Ghosn.