The Renault-Nissan alliance has officially confirmed the agreement that has been struck with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for developing an electric vehicle market and infrastructure there. The first pilot test program will start in the city of Wuhan with the Chinese government planning a 13 city program. Renault Nissan will provide vehicles as well as guidance for setting up a public charging network.

The automaker alliance plans to introduce its battery powered vehicles in China in 2011 ahead of its global retail sales launch for EVs a year later. The press release from Renault is after the jump.

[Source: Renault]


Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China for Zero-Emission Mobility

─ Wuhan to become first pilot city ─

Beijing (April 10, 2009) – The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) today announced a partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) for Zero-Emission Mobility, a first step in bringing Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) to China.

The Chinese government has launched a pilot program of new energy vehicles to be rolled out to the public transport sector in 13 cities. Nissan will provide MIIT with electric vehicle (EV) information and propose a comprehensive plan, including a blueprint for a battery-charging network and programs for mass marketing EVs. Nissan also partnerships with Wuhan municipal government as the first pilot city for zero emission mobility for further development of planning after the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed today.

"Nissan believes that zero emissions are the ultimate direction for alternative energy vehicles," said Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan. "We are establishing innovative partnerships with governments, cities and agencies to promote EVs worldwide, and in China we will work closely with our local partners to develop the EV market."

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, which aims to be the global leader in zero-emission mobility, will bring electric vehicles to China in early 2011, making China one of the first countries to be supplied with electric vehicles from the Alliance. In 2012, Nissan and Renault will mass-market electric vehicles globally.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has already started zero emission initiatives in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, the Principality of Monaco, as well as the US States of Tennessee and Oregon and Sonoma County in northern California and in Japan with the Prefecture of Kanagawa and the City of Yokohama. The Alliance has also partnered with the French utility company EDF and the Swiss electric utility company Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS).

The Renault Group generated global revenues of €37,791 million in 2008. It designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout the world. The Renault Group is present in 118 countries and sells vehicles under its three brands - Renault, Dacia and Samsung. The Renault Group employs 129,000 people worldwide.

Nissan Motor Co. generated global net revenues of 10.824 trillion yen in 2007. Nissan is present in all major global auto markets selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and light commercial vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Nissan employs over 220,000 people 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.

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