Renault-Nissan partnership for electric vehicles with Toronto

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 with lithium ion batteries.

“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 electric car 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.