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Nissan Leaf: Renault-Nissan forges partnerships

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M it is the Nissan Leaf that the company plans to launch in Japan from 2010 onwards Launch its first fully battery-powered vehicle in the US and Europe. The Leaf should then be available in China from spring 2011. The Nissan Leaf is powered by an 80 kW electric motor, which provides a maximum torque of 280 Newton meters from the first rotation. Its lithium-ion batteries should enable a range of up to 160 kilometers.

Renault-Nissan: Worldwide network of electrical cooperations

Worldwide has Renault - Nissan according to its own information, currently far more than 40 agreements with cities and countries have been concluded to facilitate the introduction of electric vehicles. The company aims to be the market leader in electric cars. Renault /Nissan concluded the most recent agreements to expand electromobility with the French Yvelines department (greater Paris area) and with the Spanish metropolis of Madrid. In the Yvelines department, Renault /Nissan, together with the electricity company EDF, Better Place and Schneider Electric, want to provide around 100 electric cars for test purposes. The necessary charging infrastructure is to be made available to the users of the vehicles. The French Environment and Energy Organization (ADEME) is supporting the project with 6.5 million euros.

In Madrid, Renault-Nissan also wants to advance its 'zero emissions strategy'. Among other things, a special Carsharing project with electric cars. In addition, further partners are to be acquired for the development of the necessary infrastructure and the implementation of electric mobility in Madrid.

With the Government of Ireland Renault /Nissan also recently concluded a new agreement. Accordingly, the Irish government and the energy supplier Electricity Supply Board (ESB) have signed an agreement with Renault /Nissan to introduce electric vehicles on the island nation. All over Ireland are supposed to3,500 charging stations and 30 fast charging centers will be set up. In addition, the government is promoting the purchase of electric vehicles with a grant of 5,000 euros. The goal: by 2020 ten percent of the vehicles on Ireland's roads should be electric.

Renault /Nissan: Cooperations in Italy and Andalusia

In March In 2010 Renault /Nissan had already announced a further cooperation with the Italian region of Lombardy. Together with the company A2A, the company is tackling the 'E-Moving' pilot project. From June 2010, 60 Renault Kangoo Express Z.E. will be installed in Milan and Brescia for a period of one year. and Renault Fluence Z.E. rented to companies and private individuals and installed 270 charging stations.

A letter of intent was agreed with Andalusia in January 2010. The aim is to promote the spread of electric vehicles in the southern Spanish region. First of all, the cooperation possibilities for the introduction of electric vehicles are to be analyzed. As part of an initial pilot project, the need for charging stations, energy and the necessary range of the e-cars will also be determined. As part of this agreement, the city of Malaga is to be the first so-called 'Smart City' to carry out a test program with electric vehicles. Other activities include an information campaign for vehicle users, purchase incentives for Andalusian institutions and the establishment of training places for electric vehicle technicians.

50 electric cars for La Réunion

Also in January, Renault, the French government under President Nicolas Sarkozy and five other partners signed an agreement for the island of Reunion. There, under the project title 'Projet VERT', 50 electric vehicles and the necessary battery charging infrastructure are to be installed. Most of the electricity for the e-cars is to be obtained from renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic systems.

Renault-Nissan forged numerous partnerships with governments and cities last year in order to promote electromobility. These include the Japanese city of Saitama. As part of the 'E-Kizuna' project, work will be carried out on establishing the framework for emission-free mobility. For this purpose, a study was commissioned to examine the conditions for the mass introduction of electric vehicles.

The cooperation is intended to accelerate the establishment of an infrastructure of charging stations and the further development of charging technology. In addition, Renault-Nissan wants to explore new opportunities to boost sales of electric cars. These include, among other things, special sales incentives for commercial customers and the possibility of test drives with electric vehicles.

The infrastructure should be available for the launch of the Nissan Leafstand

In addition to the cooperation with the Japanese city of Saitama, Renault-Nissan has meanwhile signed numerous agreements with large cities and regions around the world that aim to expand electric mobility. It is hoped that this will set the course for an appropriate infrastructure for the market launch of the Nissan Leaf in 2010 and that interest in e-vehicles will be increased within the population.

To the Cooperation partners include the Spanish metropolis of Barcelona. An agreement to promote emission-free mobility was signed here. The Catalan capital has already launched a sustainable mobility program that includes the increased use of electric vehicles. A total of 191 charging stations are to be set up by 2011. In addition, there are tax breaks when buying an electric vehicle.

In the past few months, Renault-Nissan has continued to knit the global network of alliances with cities and regions. Among other things, the company cooperates with Reliant Energy of Houston, Texas, a subsidiary of the largest electricity provider in the USA. The Nissan Leaf is currently on a promotional tour of 22 American cities. A complete overview of all Renault-Nissan collaborations can be found in our table.

Lithium-ion batteries from electric cars are recycled

In addition, Nissan Another joint venture established with Sumitomo Corporation to redefine the discarded lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles. According to the so-called '4R principle' - Reuse (reuse), Resell (resale), Refabricate (processing), Recycle (recycling) - the batteries are to be used, for example, as power storage for photovoltaic systems. The remaining power of the so-called 'second life batteries' after a car's life should be between 70 and 80 percent.

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