The agreement was signed by Jean-Pierre Laurent, President of Renault España, S.A. and Manuel de la Guardia, Managing Director of Nissan Iberia, S.A., representing the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Carmen Becerril, President of Acciona Energia.
According to the terms of the agreement, Acciona will bring its capacity to develop an intelligent charging network, provide associated services and supply electricity produced from renewable sources. This implementation will be done in coordination with the forecasts of the Renault-Nissan Alliance for the commercialization of electric vehicles.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will ensure that the network is compatible with electric vehicles and their navigation systems so that available charging points can be identified. The charging system will be included in the commercial offering together with the vehicles. In this manner, and as a result of the agreement, the parties will join forces to form an Electric Mobility Operator.
A charging network is comprised of three elements: charging points, which must incorporate all the safety and intelligence systems required by international standards, a communications and information system, and an ensemble of value added services, including quick, safe and efficient energy supply.
Electric vehicle users need a turnkey solution with all-in-one services, including access to a pre-determined supplier at a set fee, the possibility of taking out a contract for electricity produced from renewable energies, access to a geo-positioning service for charging points, the availability of a roaming solution for cross-border travel, and the existence of a network of charging points in public and private places.
Acciona, in collaboration with their technology colleagues Indra and Ingeteam, have created a system called SIRVE (Intelligent System for Electric Vehicle Charging), which includes the installation of charging points in various types of locations, both private (homes, company headquarters, parking lots) and public. This network, managed by an Internet-based open platform, will allow for quick increases in the offering, in volume as well as in content and services.
Acciona, one of the major global producers of wind energy, will supply its users with emission-free electricity thereby favoring a greater integration of renewable energy into the system, especially in time frames with lesser demand. It will provide the basic charging services, among others, such as charging point localization information in the vehicle’s navigation system and sending information to mobile phones about the battery’s charging state or incidents, for example.
Spain is an essential component owing to the strong presence in the country of Renault and Nissan, in manufacturing and sales alike. In October 2009 Renault announced that the production model derived from Twizy Z.E. Concept would be manufactured at the Valladolid plant. Several months later, the first Alliance agreement on vehicle tests at Barcelona Town Hall and on establishing an integral program for electric vehicles with the Regional Council of Andalusia was signed. A further agreement was signed in March 2010 with the Regional Council of Castilla y León.