April 10, 2009
Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology of China for Zero-Emission Mobility
-- Wuhan to become first pilot city --
Beijing (April 10, 2009) - The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) today announced a partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) for Zero-Emission Mobility, a first step in bringing Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) to China.
Nissan will provide MIIT with electric vehicle (EV) information and propose a comprehensive plan, including a blueprint for a battery-charging network and programs for mass marketing EVs.
The Chinese government has launched a pilot program of new energy vehicles to be rolled out to the public transport sector in 13 cities.
Nissan also partnerships with Wuhan municipal government as the first pilot city for zero emission mobility for further development of planning after the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed today.
"Nissan believes that zero emissions are the ultimate direction for alternative energy vehicles," said Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan. "We are establishing innovative partnerships with governments, cities and agencies to promote EVs worldwide, and in China we will work closely with our local partners to develop the EV market."
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, which aims to be the global leader in zero-emission mobility, will bring electric vehicles to China in early 2011, making China one of the first countries to be supplied with electric vehicles from the Alliance. In 2012, Nissan and Renault will mass-market electric vehicles globally.
The Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, UK, France, Switzerland, and Ireland.
In the United States, the Alliance is exploring ways to promote zero-emission mobility and the development of an EV infrastructure in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, and Tucson, Arizona.
The Alliance has formed partnerships with 19 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.