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Nissan EV-02 prototype - click above for a high res gallery

Who wants to start a Nissan-Renault new electric vehicle partnership location betting pool? I call Singapore. Oh wait, that was just announced. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an MOU with three official organizations in Singapore - the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) - to, you guessed it, to "promote introduction and expansion of electric vehicles in Singapore."

We recently drove the EV-02 prototype and, while the first production electric cars from Nissan and Renault will look very different, the car will be well-suited to Singapore. The small island city state is, well, a small island city, perfect for first-gen EVs that are coming in the next few years.

In the press release announcing the Singapore deal, Renault-Nissan has a partial list of its other zero emission initiatives (there are 26 total). Here's the list: Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong, the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, and Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, Seattle in Washington and Raleigh in North Carolina. Whew.


[Source: Nissan-Renault]

PRESS RELEASE:

Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with Singapore Government for Zero-Emission Mobility

Singapore (May 6th, 2009) – The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed a partnership with the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore to explore the development of Zero Emission Vehicles Program.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in the presence of Lawrence Wong, CE of EMA, Dr Beh Swan Gin, MD of EDB, Yam Ah Mee, CE of LTA and Thierry Koskas, Renault Electric Vehicles Programme Director, the organizations have agreed to set up working team of representatives and promote introduction and expansion of electric vehicles in Singapore.

"EV development is an exciting new area particularly relevant to the Singapore context. Singapore is well-positioned for the deployment of EVs due to our relative small size, urban environment, robust electrical grid and IT infrastructure," said Mr Lawrence Wong, Chief Executive, EMA.

"Renault and Nissan aim to become leading brands in zero emission vehicles. Singapore is for us a key priority, as the geography of the country and the focus on environment issues make fast and strong development of electric cars," said Thierry Koskas Renault electric vehicles programme director. "We are looking forward to working closely with all partners involved to make this project successful."

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong. In the United States, the Alliance is exploring ways to promote zero-emission mobility and the development of an EV infrastructure in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, and Tucson, Phoenix Arizona, Seattle in Washington and Raleigh in North Carolina.

The Alliance has formed partnerships with 26 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance The Renault Nissan Alliance, founded in 1999, sold 6,090,304 vehicles in 2008. The objective of the Alliance is to rank among the world's top three vehicle manufacturers in terms of quality, technology and profitability.

EV Taskforce

To spearhead Electric Vehicle (EV) test-bedding and infrastructure development in Singapore, a multi-agency taskforce chaired by Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been set up with members comprising the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Economic Development Board (EDB), National Environment Agency (NEA), Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

The EV taskforce was set up to assess the benefits and applicability of adopting EVs in Singapore. It will draw up the overall plan of EV test-bedding and evaluation of the environmental and economic benefits, with a view of a potential larger scale adoption of EVs in future. The taskforce will work with key industry players to examine infrastructural requirements, policy requirements and new business models arising from EVs, as well as identify industry development and R&D opportunities. It will also look into educating the public on EV technology though a nationwide EV sharing programme or through corporate fleets. The taskforce will set aside funding for interested parties to develop infrastructure and buy electric vehicle during the test-bedding process.

Energy Market Authority Energy Market Authority (EMA) was formed on 1 April 2001 as a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry to forge a secure, long-term electricity industry that thrives on healthy competition. New market structures have been created to promote competition in the electricity and gas industries. EMA will also continue to promote cost-competitive outcomes for consumers by ensuring a level playing field for competition within the electricity and gas. As co-chair of the EV Taskforce, EMA endeavors to establish strategic partners for test bedding, identify power grid regulation/licensing for EV charging systems and develop relevant codes and standards. Land Transport Authority Land Transport Authority (LTA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport. LTA plans the long-term transport needs and spearheads land transport developments in Singapore. While serving commuters by providing an integrated and user-friendly transport system, LTA addresses wider issues such as sustainable development, economic growth, and community life. As a co-chair of the EV Taskforce, LTA helps ensure that relevant regulations, standards and infrastructure are in place. LTA looks forward to working with leading companies such as Renault-Nissan to develop innovative transport solutions, and making Singapore's transport system greener, cleaner, and more people-centred.

Economic Development Board EDB is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore's position as a global business centre and grow the Singapore economy. In so doing, we attract economic opportunities and jobs for the people of Singapore, and help shape our country's economic future. EDB's role in the MOU is to work with industry partners like Renault-Nissan to jointly identify industry development opportunities such as manufacturing and R&D. The MOU is aligned with EDB's positioning of Singapore as a "Living Laboratory" where leading-edge urban mobility solutions, such as electric vehicles, are tested, developed and exported to the rest of the world.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      See this criminal compagny in action. they are casching taxmoney worldwide for impossible batteries after having rejected already proven hydrogen fuelcell cars and after having rejected their own customers. This is because they accepted to be part of the natural ressources cartel and this site that have planned your death long time ago because they don't believe in unlimited non-poluting free fuel. They are at the top of the world because when the time come to do something 100% of the peoples stop their dreams and ask the lowest dreamers to do the thing, LOL. So it's exxon mobil that is in charge to clean the world and re-do the laws and economic growth, LOL. Peoples ask them because they feel confortable destructing the world and peoples are even lower then them in the believe department. No one on earth have said that hydrogen is unlimited free fuel without pollution for all the working devises and 100% of the peoples have said that everything is material and limited in this biosphere and that everything is coming from an unknown big bang long time ago while they were sleeping. If one(1) car is at least put on sale where i live, then at least i will be able to stay out of these deadly profound wishs of these communists.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, come off it Gorr! Companies are not "criminals" just because they won't make your dream car just for you, nor are they "communists" because they won't sell you a car for $1,000 that cost a million dollars to build.

        Nissan hasn't completely canceled their H2 project, they've simply shelved it until the costs come way down. They do realize that there isn't a market for million dollar cars with limited refueling stations. Instead, they've decided to work on something that is affordable now, clean and reliable, and that is batteries.
        • 5 Years Ago
        gorr-

        Hydrogen is not an energy source, it is an energy carrier. The electrolysys, compression, fuel cell to electricity process is half as energy efficient as charging/discharging a Li ion battery. Fuel cells contain litterally pounds of platinum at over $20,000 a pound. Honda's FCX costs over a million a piece. And they also require batteries because the fuel cell does not have enough power density. The only real advantage hydrogen has is transferrability, but the battery exchange process has even that beat.

        Battery electric cars are beating out fuel cell because it is the most economically feasible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK Nissan-Renault, enought already, just build the damn cars and start selling them to us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly!

        For crying out loud, will some car company take my money, please?! I am trying so hard to find a car company to give my money to, this is insane!

        Nissan with the promise of the BEV Cube, Ford with the promise of the BEV Focus, Th!nk - if they start selling their Th!nk City here in the States.

        The minimum requirements are easy guys...
        * Freeway capable (translation 60 - 65mph)
        * Seat 4
        * 100 mile or greater range

        You don't need to engineer a new vehicle from the ground up - I'm looking in your direction GM, use an existing glider like Nissan and Ford are doing. An existing glider minus all the ICE components plus batteries, motor and some wiring should not cost much more than the comparable ICE vehicle.

        In the mean time I will keep waiting... but I have been kicking around the idea of doing my own conversion, I'm just not there yet.

        Stew
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