The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that Nissan and Reliant Energy of Houston, Texas, one of the major competitive electricity providers in the nation, have made an agreement to advance zero-emission mobility in the United States. The announcement helps pave the way for the 2010 introduction of Nissan LEAF, the industry’s first all-electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the agreement in November at the kickoff of the Nissan LEAF Zero-Emission Tour, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, marking the first North American appearance of Nissan LEAF.
The vehicle debut was followed by a panel discussion representing the key interest of the environmental, energy and air-quality communities.
“The Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to becoming a global leader in zero emissions,” said Ghosn, who also is chairman and CEO of Renault. “Together, Nissan and Reliant Energy share the vision that electric vehicles offer the best solution to reducing CO2 emissions. The Nissan LEAF is the only all-electric, zero-emission vehicle that will be available to drivers on a mass-market scale and at an affordable price.”
As part of the agreement, Nissan and Reliant Energy will develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric cars that encourages home and workplace charging, as well as a public charging infrastructure.
“This agreement with Nissan is another part of our comprehensive effort to speed up the adoption of broad-based electric-powered transportation ecosystem,” said David Crane, CEO of NRG.
“We can now see a clear path to having thousands—even hundreds of thousands—of zero-emission vehicles on Texas roads in the next several years,” said Jason Few, President of Reliant Energy.
Nissan, along with alliance partner Renault, is the only automaker committed to making all-electric vehicles available to the mass market on a global scale.
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