The Renault–Nissan Alliance today announced that Nissan is entering into an agreement with the City of Toronto, to advance zero-emission mobility in the city. The two parties announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Toronto’s City Hall, as a commitment to collaborate to promote the wide-spread adoption of electric vehicles.
“Nissan is a global leader in electric vehicles and today the City of Toronto has shown its leadership and commitment to create a zero-emission culture in this great city,” said Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “Through this agreement, our partners at the City of Toronto have further demonstrated their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass market zero-emission vehicle to Toronto consumers before the end of next year.”
As part of the agreement, Nissan and the City of Toronto will collaborate to promote electric vehicles on Toronto's streets. Nissan will supply electric vehicles for purchase within the city. The City of Toronto will continue with its existing efforts to develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for EVs, as well as the deployment, operation and maintenance of a charging network, in concert with other relevant parties. The City will also continue to consider regulatory programs and bylaw changes to support the introduction and use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
“Electric vehicles are a great way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants in Toronto. We look forward to working with our partners to promote EVs and charging infrastructure in the city,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “The City of Toronto has taken significant steps to green its corporate vehicles through a comprehensive Green Fleet Plan, and we look forward to adding all-electric vehicles to our fleet. Toronto is also a member of the C40 Electric Vehicle Network where 14 of the world’s largest cities have agreed to take action to make their cities electric vehicle friendly. By working with partners such as Nissan, we are getting closer and closer to making electric vehicles a reality in everyday life.”
Nissan, along with its alliance partner Renault, is the only automaker committed to making affordable, all-electric vehicles available to the mass market globally. Nissan LEAF is a five-passenger compact electric car that uses no gas, creates no emissions and has no tailpipe. It has a top speed of 145 km/hour and is powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, which provide the car with a range of 160 kilometers on a single charge, as tested on the LA4 test cycle, enough to satisfy the daily driving needs of more than 70 percent of Canadians.
The agreement adds Toronto to a growing network of zero-emission vehicle initiatives across the world including partnerships in British Columbia and Quebec, as well as Mexico and Brazil. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed partnerships with over 60 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of electric vehicles worldwide.
Already, thousands of Canadians have signed up for the latest information on Nissan LEAF at www.nissan.ca/LEAF.
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Images and B-Roll of LEAF can be found at www.media.nissan.ca.
About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.
Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong. 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, Washington, DC, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, Seattle in Washington and Raleigh in North Carolina.
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