Renault-Nissan Alliance, All Japan Ryokan Association sign MOU

Renault-Nissan Alliance and All Japan Ryokan Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (

Renault-Nissan Alliance and All Japan Ryokan Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-promote development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures in hotels affiliated with the association. Both will initiate a study in creating new demand in hotel industry together with promotion of EV.

Under the MoU, the partnership will initiate a joint-study focused on four areas: development of charging infrastructure in hotels affiliated with All Japan Ryokan Association; planning, development and sales of new travel packages which focuses on zero-emission and EV; provide concurrent information on charging stations, vacancies in hotels and an instant reservation service; and promote education on EV.

Nobuyuki Sato, president of All Japan Ryokan Association, said: "By installing charging facilities in about 18,000 hotels all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, we will be able to greatly contribute to tourists. With this partnership with Nissan which our business partner, DIO Japan, introduced us, we want to demonstrate that hotels in Japan, greatly contribute to a low-carbon society."

Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan, said: "All Japan Ryokan Association's efforts will extend EV's driving range and expand the possibility of its usage. It will also lead to better understanding of EV's eco-friendliness, superb driving performance and appeal."

Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to be a global service provider in zero-emission mobility. To-date, the alliance has signed zero-emission partnerships with around 40 governments, municipalities and companies globally.

Nissan will introduce 'LEAF' electric car in Japan, US and Europe in late February, 2010.