The Renault-Nissan alliance's plans for world domination with electric vehicles takes another step forward today with the announcement of an agreement with LeasePlan. The Dutch leasing and fleet management company will be working with the automakers to bring electric vehicles to fleet customers. LeasePlan has operations in 30 countries and manages nearly one and a half million vehicles. The leasing company already works with its clients to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles in the fleets it manages and a tie up with Renault Nissan would probably be beneficial to plans for rolling out electric vehicles over the next several years. The Renault press release is after the jump.
RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE AND LEASEPLAN TO BUILD ZERO-EMISSION FUTURE IN EUROPE
ROLLE, Switzerland (April 16th, 2009) - LeasePlan, the European market leader in fleet and vehicle management, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced their collaboration in a partnership for Zero-Emission Mobility, an initiative bringing electric mobility to the global markets.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the two parties will study ways to promote the use of electric vehicles and they will investigate the options for a commercial approach towards corporate fleet customers. The MOU also intends to define the terms and conditions for the supply by the Alliance of electric vehicles to LeasePlan and its clients.
Netherlands-based company LeasePlan has a global presence with offices in 30 countries and manages 1.4 million vehicles. LeasePlan is the first international fleet and vehicle management company certified by TÜV Rheinland for its sustainability initiative GreenPlan. GreenPlan was globally introduced in 2007 and supports LeasePlan's clients in their environmental engagement to reduce CO2 emissions from their car fleet.
Vahid Daemi, LeasePlan's Chief Executive Officer: "With the increasing awareness of environmental issues, company car drivers tend to change their behaviour in the way they select their car and in the way they drive. This project together with the Renault-Nissan Alliance perfectly fits with the strategy we embarked on with GreenPlan as part of our overall efforts in the field of social responsibility."
"LeasePlan's commitment to reducing CO2 emissions is the perfect match to create the conditions for zero emission mobility," says Eric Nicolas, senior vice president of Nissan International SA. "We look forward to working together for a cleaner future."
The Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland and China.
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 and Phoenix in Arizona.
The Alliance has formed partnerships with 21 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.