Renault-Nissan Alliance Will Recharge San DiegoPosted on April 4th, 2009
Automaker partners with San Diego Gas and Electric to promote infrastructure
Reducing America’s dependence on oil is a great idea: the challenge lies in developing alternative infrastructures. Since electric vehicles have limited range, owners need to be able to recharge them on the road.
Who pays for the infrastructure has become a chicken-and-egg question. Neither the government, nor automakers, are willing to shoulder the burden alone. A new alliance between Renault-Nissan and San Diego Gas and Electric suggests that they go halves.
As part of the agreement, Nissan will assist the power company in acquiring electric vehicles, and work together to develop a charging infrastructure.
“We are proud to be embarking on this clean transportation initiative with Nissan,” said Debra L. Reed, president and CEO of San Diego Gas and Electric. “This collaborative effort is the first step in making San Diego plug-in ready.”
The announcement coincides with the first stop of Nissan’s nationwide tour to showcase its EV prototype, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Lithium-ion is considered the leading battery technology for electric cars.
Nissan plans to introduce a production electric vehicle to the United States in 2010, and mass-market the car globally two years later. The Renault-Nissan alliance has begun similar initiatives with governments in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and France.
In the US, the alliance has agreed to partnerships in Tennessee, Oregon, Sonoma County, California and Tucson, Arizona to promote a nationwide infrastructure.
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