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Renault-Nissan has been running all over the world signing up partners to promote electric drive vehicles. Two more came on board this week at a French-Italian summit in Paris. Italian utility Enel and Spanish electric provider Endesa will work with the automakers on areas such as post-vehicle use of the batteries and integration, including communications and recharging technologies. The march continues.

[Source: Renault]


PRESS RELEASE

AGREEMENT BETWEEN ENEL, ENDESA AND THE RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE TO DEVELOP ELECTRIC MOBILITY

• Agreement signed in Paris for the joint development of integrated solutions for electric mobility.
• According to the agreement, Enel in Italy and Endesa in Spain and Latin America will work jointly with the Renault-Nissan

Alliance on projects for the development of zero emission mobility*.

Paris, April 9th 2010 – Enel, Endesa and the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing electric mobility across several geographical areas.

The agreement was signed yesterday evening between Fulvio Conti, CEO and General Manager of Enel, Patrick Pélata, COO of Renault Group, and Hideaki Watanabe, Alliance Managing Director of Zero Emission Business Unit, within the framework of the Fifth France-Italy governments summit led by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The agreement calls for:

• analysis of the technical integration (power interface, safety, and communications protocol) between Renault and Nissan's electric vehicles and Enel's recharging infrastructure;
• examination of the development of integrated product and service offerings for the customers of electric vehicles;
• analysis of various recharging technologies and the services associated to the charging infrastructure;
• study of the entire battery life cycle, including the possible use of the battery as an energy storage system of energy produced from renewable sources in the second part of its life cycle;
• joint evaluation for development of pilot projects in areas to be identified in Italy, Spain and Latin America.

Electric mobility has enormous potential for environmental improvement in urban transport. Replacing a conventional vehicle with an electric one not only reduces drastically noise and air pollution locally, but also cuts down CO2 emissions by up to 45% through the current average efficiency of the Italian generation fleet. If power produced from renewable and nuclear energy sources only was to be used, emissions would be practically zeroed.

Renault and Nissan are strongly engaged in the development of electric vehicles and oriented towards mass commercialization of zero-emission mobility, as a sustainable mobility solution for the near future. Between 2011 and 2012, Renault will launch a complete range of 4 electric vehicles: the urban vehicle TWIZY Z.E., the compact hatchback ZOE Z.E., the family sedan FLUENCE Z.E. and the light commercial vehicle KANGOO Z.E. In late 2010, Nissan will launch LEAF, the world's first affordable all- electric vehicle for the global mass market. Sales will begin in the US, Japan and select markets in Europe before global mass marketing in 2012.

Enel actively plays a leading role domestically and is involved in the major European boards and projects for standardization and technological development. The company is also developing its own smart recharging infrastructure system based on digital metering technology, of which it is a global leader thanks to the installation of more than 32 million smart meters in Italy. Enel is also developing additional offers and services making electric mobility increasingly practical, accessible and convenient.

Endesa is firmly committed to the development of sustainable transport model based on the electric vehicle as one of the main routes of Endesa in its combat against climate change as reflected in its Strategic Plan for Sustainability 2008-2012.
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