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The Renault-Nissan Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foundation, a consortium of Dutch grid operators, to jointly promote the spread of zero-emission vehicles in the Netherlands.

As part of the agreement, the Alliance will provide a full range of 100% electric vehicles to private customers starting this June with the Nissan LEAF, this year’s European Car of the Year, followed shortly by a full zero-emission* range from Renault. At the same time, Foundation will build a nationwide, affordable public charging infrastructure compatible with such cars. Together, the efforts by the Alliance and the Foundation are expected to support the Dutch government’s aim to have electric vehicles account for 10% of the Dutch car market by 2020. Foundation has already begun rolling out the 10,000 charging stations it plans to install across the country. The first 2,000 points will be placed in towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants, upon request from the local city councils.

During the signature of the MOU between Renault-Nissan Alliance and E-Laad Pays-Bas — J,P. Renaux Managing Director Renault Nederland; A.G.J.M. Rombouts, President Stichting and A. van Dijk, Managing Director Nissan Nederland

The remaining 8,000 stations will be installed within close distance of the home or workplace of EV customers. Buyers of a Renault or Nissan EV can make the request for an Foundation charging point when placing their order at the respective Alliance dealer.

Membership access to the public charging infrastructure, including the electricity, will cost about €100 a year.

The launch of the five-seater Nissan LEAF in the Netherlands this summer will be followed by Renault’s Kangoo Z.E. van and Fluence Z.E. luxury sedan in autumn. Both cars can already be reserved on website. The two-seater Twizy (already available for “pre-reservations”) and the compact hatchback ZOE will be launched in 2012.

Thanks to the advanced navigation system built into their cars, Renault and Nissan EV customers will easily be able to find the location of the Foundation charging points, as well as plot their journey according to them.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s commitment to the Dutch EV market began in September 2010 when it partnered with the City of Amsterdam for the promotion of electric vehicles and zero-emission mobility in the Dutch capital.

About the Alliance
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, founded in 1999, aims to become the world leader in zero-emission-in-use mobility and is taking a comprehensive approach towards the mass-marketing of electric vehicles which encompasses both the product and the infrastructure. To date, Renault and Nissan have entered into more than 90 partnerships with governments, municipal authorities and companies around the world to put in place the necessary incentives and infrastructure for the successful adoption of such vehicles.

By 2015, the Alliance will have the capacity to produce 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries at its plants around the world, making it the only automotive group in the world to build electric vehicles and batteries on this scale.

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