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by David Zalstein

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is showing its support for the R20 climate action group founded by former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger by becoming a partner for its conference in Vienna, Austria, and providing a fleet of electric vehicles for conference participants to drive.

Focusing on the implementation of a sustainable energy future, the R20 Regions of Climate Action conference will include presentations from Renault’s environment, energy and raw materials leader, Dr Philippe Schulz, and general manager of Nissan Europe’s zero emission strategy, Olivier Paturet.

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Outside the conference hall, the Alliance will provide examples of a range of its battery-powered zero-emission electric vehicles including the Nissan Leaf, Renault Fluence ZE and Renault Kangoo ZE. The compact Renault Zoe hatchback and Nissan e-NV200 LCV are set to join the Alliance’s existing EV range in the near future, along with a luxury EV from Infiniti.

The Alliance says Renault and Nissan have sold more than 70,000 electric vehicles globally since the group’s first EV, the Nissan Leaf, went on sale in December 2010.

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The R20 Regions of Climate Action is a non-profit public-private partnership that was founded in 2010 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders in cooperation with the United Nations, who aim to promote and implement projects designed to produce local economic and environmental benefits in the form of reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, strong local economies, improved public health and new green jobs.




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