Renault-Nissan alliance signs agreement with Orlando City, OUC

Renault-Nissan Alliance said that Nissan is entering into an agreement with the City of Orlando and

Under the agreement, Nissan and City of Orlando, along with OUC, will develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric cars which encourages a home, workplace and public charging infrastructure. They will work to establish policies and streamline charging infrastructure deployment.

Nissan has also agreed to supply electric vehicles to Orlando, in and around the metropolitan area and Orange County, Florida.

Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas, said: "The Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to becoming a global leader in zero emissions. Nissan and the City of Orlando share the vision that zero-emissions mobility is the ultimate solution for addressing questions of climate change and energy independence. We are looking forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF, the only mass-marketed, all-electric zero-emission car, to Orlando."

OUC has been working towards helping Central Florida become plug-in ready and recently installed two charging stations in downtown Orlando, one of which is solar powered. OUC has committed to the purchase of up to 10 Nissan 'LEAF' units to be used in its fleet for service calls and educational purposes.

Byron Knibbs, vice president of sustainable services at OUC, said: "OUC is dedicated to embracing fuel efficient technology like the Nissan LEAF and helping develop the infrastructure necessary to support it. We are proud to be part of this community-wide effort to stay ahead of the curve."

The Nissan LEAF, a five-passenger all-electric car, will be available for private and fleet customers in the US, Japan and Europe in late 2010.