Renault-Nissan has inked a definitive deal aimed at promoting the adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs) with the city of Amsterdam. The Alliance will work with the city to reach the target of delivering at least 1,000 EVs there by the end of 2011. Here's how the Alliance aims to land its EVs in Amsterdam: first, Nissan will ship out 100 Leafs to fleet customers by February 2011. Four months later, the public will get its first shot at buying the Leaf. Shortly thereafter, Renault will step in by delivering both the Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Express Z.E. to fleet and individual customers.
Renault and Nissan will supply the vehicles, but its up to the city of Amsterdam to prepare the infrastructure in time for arrival. Amsterdam will install up to 2,000 Level 2 charging stations, including one quick charge unit, at streetside locations and area parking lots. The chargers will be financed by the Air Quality Fund and the local government. The Alliance will work hand-in-hand with the city to run an Electric Mobility Education Program aimed at promoting "zero-emissions" travel and hopes to further promote EVs by establishing a regional sales and service network.
AMSTERDAM AND RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE PARTNER FOR A ZERO-EMISSION FUTURE
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands (Sept. 22, 2010) – The City of Amsterdam has made a
clear declaration that electric vehicles represent the future of transport in its busy
city centre by signing a Definitive Agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to
encourage electric vehicles and promote zero-emission mobility.
Among the specific targets agreed by both parties today is a determination to register at least
1,000 EV sales by the end of 2011. As a first step to reaching that target, Nissan will deliver
100 Nissan LEAFs to fleet customers starting in February 2011. In June 2011, deliveries of the
100% electric, compact family zero-emission car will begin to individual customers. Deliveries
of the Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Express Z.E electric vehicles from Renault will start shortly
Amsterdam has introduced several incentives in order to stimulate EV demand, including free
electricity at public charging posts until March 2012, as well as free parking at such posts.
Since March 2009, businesses are also eligible for a subsidy from the city when purchasing an
EV. In addition, EV buyers benefit from national incentives, including zero registration tax and
zero road tax. For businesses, that means Nissan LEAF is available for less than 30,000 euros,
including the battery.
The City is already developing a comprehensive charging infrastructure to support EV
customers. Almost 100 charging points have been installed in public areas since November
2009. Each point has at least one regular user. To meet growing demand for electric charging
points, Amsterdam plans to install up to 2,000 additional charging points in the streets, car
parks and Park and Ride sites. The extra charging points will be financed by the Air Quality
Fund, with a substantial contribution from the government. Starting in 2011, Amsterdam will
install a 'Quick Charger' in the city which is capable of up to 50kW and which can recharge a
battery to 80 percent of its capacity in about 30 minutes. The City will also encourage the
installation of private charging posts at companies.
As well as providing a supply of advanced EVs for purchase or lease and managing the
Netherlands' EV Pilot Programme, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will establish a sales and service
network for the cars in the Amsterdam area.
The Alliance will also join forces with Amsterdam to run an Electric Mobility Education
Programme designed to promote the positive benefits of zero-emission travel.
"Amsterdam and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are both frontrunners in electric mobility. It's not
just drivers who will benefit from this agreement. In the end, the whole city will be better off
with electric mobility," said Maarten Linnenkamp, Air Quality Program Director for the City of
"I hope that the rest of the country will follow the positive example that Amsterdam is setting
and that we will see electric cars on the streets throughout the Netherlands soon. I am
committed to providing the best possible conditions for electric cars in order to convince
automakers to introduce such vehicles to this country," said Prince Maurits, chairman of the
Formula-E Team, a Dutch organization made up of representatives from the government,
private companies and other areas aimed at promoting electric vehicles in the Netherlands.
"The Renault-Nissan Alliance is committed to bringing zero emission mobility to customers
around the world with a full lineup of electric vehicles," said Emmanuel Delay, Senior Vice
President, Administration and Finance at Nissan International SA, Nissan Europe's
headquarters. "Starting next year, customers in Amsterdam will have a choice of three
affordable 100% electric vehicles from the Alliance, starting with the five-seater Nissan LEAF
which delivers the same performance, roominess, comfort, safety features and quality that
people expect from Nissan – minus the tailpipe emissions."
"With this agreement, Renault aims to create awareness with the City of Amsterdam about
electric mobility in general," said Jean-Paul Renaux, Managing Director of Renault Netherlands.
"Renault is confident that this initiative for electric mobility in Amsterdam will be followed by
other Dutch communities. We look forward to providing customers with electric cars that are
as fun to drive as they are good for the environment, starting with the Fluence Z.E and the
Kangoo Express Z.E. next year."
• With its compact, highly efficient lithium-ion batteries and powerful electric motor, Nissan
LEAF has a range of 160 km (100 miles – US LA4 mode). Instantly responsive acceleration is
matched by a top speed of more than 140 km/h. Online registrations will start in the
Netherlands in October with more information available at www.nissan.nl/leaf.
• The Renault Kangoo Express ZE has a range of 160 km and a loading capacity of 3 to 3.5 m3.
The sedan Renault Fluence ZE, with its 160 km autonomy and roomy interior, is perfectly suited
for five passengers. After the commercialisation of Fluence ZE and Kangoo Express ZE in the
second quarter of 2011, there will be a full range of Renault Zero Emission vehicles by 2012,
including the compact Renault Zoé and the quadricycle Renault Twizy. You can already reserve
your Zero Emission vehicle on www.renault-ze.nl.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, formed in 1999, sold 6,085,058 vehicles in 2009. It is pursuing its
objective to rank in the world's top three carmakers in terms of quality, technology and
reliability. As part of its zero-emission strategy, the Alliance works with governments, municipal
authorities, energy specialists and other partners. Thus far the Alliance has signed more than
50 agreements worldwide aimed at preparing markets and infrastructures for the mass launch
of electric vehicles starting in 2011.