Córdoba City Council and Alliance sign an agreement for electric vehicles in Argentina

The Córdoba City Council and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have signed a letter of intent (LOI) on joint research into how electric vehicles can improve quality of life and environmental conditions for the citizens of this provincial capital.

Daniel Giacomino, mayor of Córdoba, and Dominique Maciet, CEO of Renault Argentina, will identify opportunities for using electric vehicles in the city and will also seek the necessary investments. The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s agreement with the City of Córdoba addresses the major shared objective of taking initiatives to mitigate climate change.

Córdoba is the first city in Argentina, and the second in South America, after São Paulo, to sign this kind of agreement. In a determined effort to reduce emissions, the municipality has adopted short-, medium- and long-term strategic priorities to protect the environment.

It intends to support new technologies capable of cutting pollution in general and CO2 emissions in particular. Córdoba holds deep significance for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which pursues a strong worldwide commitment to the development and sale of electric vehicles: for the last 55 years the city has hosted its Santa Isabel plant, one of the most modern of the Alliance’s production facilities worldwide.

All-electric vehicles go one step further in environmental protection than hybrid alternatives. As well as producing zero CO2, they are also extremely quiet, and thus contribute to reducing noise pollution in today’s major cities. So as well as promising major improvements in urban mobility – and enhancing energy independence – they also improve quality of life.

Under today’s MoU between the City of Córdoba and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a joint working group will be set up to examine the viability of bringing electric vehicles in service in the city of Córdoba.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed similar agreements with more than 60 municipalities, governments and other organizations worldwide. At the same time, it is pushing ahead with investments to develop this technology, and recently unveiled a lineup of four Renault Zero Emission vehicles with lithium ion batteries.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance celebrated its tenth birthday in 2009, a year in which it sold a total of 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.

Under its strategy of promoting sustainable mobility, it signs agreements in various parts of the world with the aim of encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles and manufacturing them on a mass scale.