Orlando forms zero emission vehicle partnership with Renault-Nissan


Orlando, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 5, 2010 – The City of Orlando and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have entered into an agreement to advance zero emission mobility in the Orlando area by promoting the development of an electric vehicle charging network and policies to support widespread adoptions of electric cars.

The initiative is aimed at paving the way for the 2010 introduction of the Nissan LEAF, claimed as the industry’s first all electric, zero emission car designed for the mass market.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to becoming a global leader in zero emissions,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas. “Nissan and the City of Orlando share the vision that zero emissions mobility is the ultimate solution for addressing questions of climate change and energy independence.”

As part of the agreement, the partners will develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric cars that encourages home and workplace charging, as well as a public charging infrastructure. The partners also will work to coordinate the establishment of policies and help streamline charging infrastructure deployment. Nissan also has agreed to make available a supply of electric vehicles to the City of Orlando and in and around the metropolitan area and Orange County, Fla. The City of Orlando has a goal to foster electrification as part of its Green Works Orlando Initiative.

The OUC has been working towards helping Central Florida become plug-in ready, and recently installed two charging stations in downtown Orlando, one of which is solar powered. The OUC has committed to the purchase of up to 10 Nissan LEAF units to be used in its fleet for service calls and educational purposes.

“OUC is dedicated to embracing fuel efficient technology like the Nissan LEAF and helping develop the infrastructure necessary to support it,” said Byron Knibbs, OUC vice president of sustainable services. “We are proud to be part of this community-wide effort to stay ahead of the curve.”

Nissan has now formed more than a dozen partnerships in the United States, in areas including the states of Tennessee and Oregon, Sonoma County, San Diego and San Francisco in California, Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona, Washington DC, Seattle, with Progress Energy in Raleigh, NC, and with Houston-based Reliant Energy. Nissan also is working with AeroVironment for the supply and installation of home charging stations, with the aim of becoming a one-stop shop for the Nissan LEAF and its charging equipment.