The Renault-Nissan alliance has now tallied more than 60 electric vehicle (EV) partnerships with its most recent addition of Taiwan to the ever-growing list of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed with governments, cities and other organizations scattered around the globe. The MoU signed between the Renault-Nissan group and Taiwan's Taichung City is similar to many of the other agreements in that Renault-Nissan will work with the local Taiwanese government to promote the adoption of EVs countrywide.
The country of Taiwan will actively seek out ways to make the deployment of EVs as painless as possible and Nissan-Renault will assist with the creation of an EV promotion plan and will offer EVs to local governments for fleet use. Renault-Nissan's commitment to the advancement of EVs seems to be unmatched by any other major automaker and its bullish goals continue to shape the emerging electric industry. Check out the press release after the break.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, Yulon-Nissan and Taichung City, Taiwan Partner to Study Zero-Emission Mobility
On June 24, 2010, The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance), Yulon-Nissan Motor (YNM) and Taiwan's Taichung City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote electric cars. The signatories for the MOU were Jason Hu, Mayor of Taichung City, Yasuaki Hashimoto, President of Nissan China Investment Co., Ltd and Jack Wu, the president of Yulon-Nissan Motor (YNM). Nissan, YNM and the city will work together to study the Electronic Vehicles (EV) Connection Program in Taichung City to make the city EV-friendly.
"Signing the MOU with YNM and Nissan means that Taichung City will take the lead to be the first 'Low-Emission' City in Taiwan," said Mayor.
Studying how to make Taichung City more EV-ready is part of the city's ongoing commitment to build a sustainable infrastructure that would include supporting a high speed railway and encouraging the use of electric bicycles and motorcycles. The city is planning to promote the popular use of EVs while developing supporting policies and structures, which will include using EVs as official vehicles, creating an EV promotional team, educating the public about EVS, creating purchase incentives, building charging stations.
The Alliance has formed partnerships with more than 60 governments, cities and other organizations around the world, including Japan, U.S.A., Europe, Asia and Australia, to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide. Many governments supporting EV technology are offering tax incentives and subsidies for those purchasing EVs and investing in building an EV charging infrastructure. As more public charging stations become available, the general acceptance of EVs will grow.