The two sides have already talked about sharing car platforms, FT said, although it heard that the discussions are far enough along with having gone "beyond simply sharing the technology."  Fiat Chrysler and Renault have refused to comment.
An agreement could have significant ramifications for both the technology of Fiat Chrysler's cars and Renault's overall reach. Fiat Chrysler could borrow EV and hybrid platforms from its new partner to keep up with an industry where electrified cars could quickly become the norm. It may also have access to several autonomous driver resources, not to mention mobility services that can help it deal with a decline in car ownership.
Meanwhile, Renault can benefit from integrating its technology into a previous competitor's cars, as well as expanding its reach. While the company stopped offering cars in the United States a long time ago, a Fiat Chrysler link would give it a foothold in the country it doesn't have through Mitsubishi or Nissan. You won't necessarily see the Chrysler badged Renault Zoes, but you can see Chrysler with a certain French touch ̵