The Renault-Nissan Alliance and the Victorian state government have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program.
The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which a working team of representatives from the Victoria Government and Nissan will identify potential areas of cooperation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles in the state, primarily the recently revealed Nissan LEAF EV.
The LEAF is expected to go on sale in Australia in 2012, priced competitively against similar petrol vehicles.
“Today, Nissan is proud to partner with the Victorian government through the signing of this MoU,” said Dan Thompson, Nissan Australia CEO.
“Technology for zero emissions mobility is a reality and we are prepared to proactively explore ways to bringing this technology to the market with collaboration from the government.
“Our company is leading the world in the design and production of a battery-powered family-sized car and we aim to have this vehicle on sale in Australia by 2012.
“Today’s announcement of the signing of a strategic MoU with the Government of Victoria brings that reality closer,” Mr Thompson continued.
“The Nissan organisation recognises the importance of sustainability by limiting CO2 emissions and we are ready and able to partner governments in pursuing that role”, he added.
“The Victorian Government is looking at the benefits of introducing and expanding electric vehicle technology for our State,” Victorian State Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings said.
“This MoU formalises discussions with the Nissan Motor Company which is among the global leaders in the development of electric vehicles and demonstrates our commitment to supporting electric vehicle technologies.”
The Alliance has formed partnerships with nearly 30 governments, cities and other organizations around the world, including Japan, the USA, Europe and Asia, to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.