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Nissan eyes mass-producing $17,000 electric car

Big savings seen by sharing platform with Renault, Mitsubishi Motors

Nissan's mainstay electric vehicle, the Leaf

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor will share a common electric vehicle platform with its partners Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, aiming to lower prices by as much as 20%, sources said.

The automakers' common electric vehicle strategy comes as Germany's Volkswagen, Japan's Toyota Motor and other automakers are refocusing their efforts on electric vehicles to combat stricter environmental regulations being introduced around the world.

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