Madrid City Council and the Alliance sign an agreement to promote electric vehicles in the city

The agreement was signed by Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, City Councilor, Olivier Paturet, Nissan Europe Zero Emission Business Unit General Manager and Jean Pierre Laurent, Managing Director and President of Renault España S.A., representing the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Both partners have confirmed the synergies between the zero emission strategy from Renault-Nissan Alliance and the MOVELE-Madrid Plan, which falls under the responsibility of Fundación Movilidad. They will create a cross functional team that will develop the following aspects:

– The possibility of adding technical Alliance description that specify the main needs for validating recharging points, associated to MOVELE-Madrid Plan.
– Involving Renault Headquarters in Madrid as a test point of recharging system.
– Committing to making Madrid one of the first cities to have Renault electric vehicles for establishing a shared mobility system known as ‘car sharing’.
– Promoting electric mobility through informative events.
– Searching for partners to set up recharging infrastructure in car parks.
– Identifying fleet owners interested in having zero emission vehicles for use in the city.
– Defining the different uses for the electric vehicle, apart from car sharing.

Analysing potential financial and non-financial incentives, as well as the already available incentives, to foster the use of the electric vehicle, both for users (tax exemption, benefits in terms of parking costs, etc) and for establishments that create a network of electric vehicle recharging points.

– Involving local institutions, including local companies, in the development of zero emission mobility in Madrid.

Olivier Paturet stated, on behalf of Nissan that “it is very important that Nissan future clients will be able to drive, in 2011, their electric car, Leaf. This way, they will appreciate all the advantages of this new clean mobility”.

Meanwhile, Jean Pierre Laurent confirmed, on behalf of Renault Spain, that “this agreement is another example of the Alliance’s commitment to making the electric car with lithium ion batteries a reality in the short and medium term. Furthermore, sustainable mobility for everyone allows Renault to find new methods of travelling, such as the revolutionary car sharing system.”

And last but not least, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón said, “It is very important for The City Council to implement synergies between Renault-Nissan Alliance zero emission strategy and MOVELE-Madrid Plan, so that it will strengthen our trust on the introduction and dissemination of electric vehicles in the city, not only as a solution for improving local air quality, but also as a new step towards developing the intelligent city that we want”.

The Fundación Movilidad was created in 2006, by Madrid City Council, with the aim of building up a background for relations, in order to share knowledge and networks, to develop programs to sustain city mobility in Madrid area. In 2009, Madrid City Council, through Fundación Movilidad, was included in MOVELE plan, which belongs to Energy Development Institute from the Ministry of Industry. This plan is a pilot project for test and promotion of electric mobility, which involves recharging network setting up to provide electricity services to a fleet of electric vehicles in the cities involved (Madrid, Barcelona and Seville).

The Renault-Nissan Alliance: The Vision of a World Leader

The Renault-Nissan alliance, with its broad portfolio of zero emission vehicles, has positioned itself as a world leader in the development of electric vehicles.

Spain is a key element thanks to Renault and Nissan’s major presence in both the industrial and commercial sectors. Last October, the news was released that the future Renault’s Twizy Z.E., first electric vehicle to be built in a large scale in Spain, would be made in Valladolid. A few months later, the Alliance’s first agreements were signed to establish a comprehensive electric vehicle programme with Barcelona City Council, the Regional Government of Andalucía and the Regional Government of Castilla y León. And last but not least, the Alliance signed the very last agreements with Acciona and Endesa, both electricity and network providers.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009, a year in which it sold more than six million vehicles. Its goal is to become one of the three leading carmakers worldwide in terms of quality, technology and profitability. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is committed to approaching institutions, governments and companies with the aim of collaborating with them, by providing its know-how of the automotive industry.

So far, more than 50 agreements have been signed worldwide, with the aim of introducing electric vehicles from 2010 and commencing largescale distribution in 2012.