Nissan has joined Renault’s partnership with German electric utility RWE Efficiency GmbH to promote electric mobility in Germany.
RWE plans to set up an extensive charging network in Germany with about 1,000 stations to be set up across Germany by the end of 2010 focused mainly on the Berlin and Ruhr areas. Together with other partners, RWE plans to extend the charging infrastructure to other major cities and regions in Germany shortly thereafter.
Under Nissan’s agreement with RWE, Nissan will supply electric cars to Germany in autumn 2011, starting with the Nissan LEAF compact family car. Renault has already said it will supply electric cars to Germany in the second half of 2011 starting with the Fluence Z.E. sedan and Kangoo Z.E. light commercial car.
Renault and Nissan customers will be offered an affordable RWE e-mobility package, which will include a safe solution for charging cars at home and easy access to the public charging infrastructure.
Separately, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Yulon-Nissan Motor and Taiwan’s Taichung City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to promote electric cars.
Studying how to make Taichung City more EV-ready is part of the city’s ongoing commitment to build a sustainable infrastructure that would include supporting a high speed railway and encouraging the use of electric bicycles and motorcycles.
The city is planning to promote the popular use of electric cars while developing supporting policies and structures, which will include using electric cars as official cars, creating an EV promotional team, educating the public about electric cars, creating purchase incentives, building charging stations.
The Alliance has formed partnerships with more than 60 governments, cities and other organizations around the world, including Japan, U.S.A., Europe, Asia and Australia, to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.