Renault, Ankara sign deal to promote electic vehicles

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aimed at establishing a partnership to promote and implement electric cars in Ankara, following the example of several other capital cities. The partnership program will cover the deployment in the Ankara municipality of a charging network for electric vehicles which will be launched in 2011, the rollout of corresponding services and developments, and the purchase of 100 electric vehicles for the fleet of the municipality’s services.

The agreement was signed by Melih Gökçek, Mayor of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality; Jacques Chauvet, Leader of Renault’s Euromed Region and Ibrahim Aybar, Managing Director of Renault MAIS.

Strengthened by the synergy created between Renault and the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, the parties have decided to launch preliminary work with a view to encouraging the adoption and promotion of electric vehicles – set for launch in 2011 in the Ankara municipality – in order to reduce CO2 emissions and the effects of climate warming. To that end, a working group will be set up to obtain practical results on implementing an infrastructure for electric car use in the city by 2011.

The Ankara Metropolitan Municipality also wishes to include 100 electric vehicles in its fleet as soon as the Renault vehicles come to the Turkish market.

The working group will be tasked with making proposals on:
-multiplying the number of projects that could favor the use of electric vehicles in Ankara, especially those focused on charging networks,
-installing and developing a network of charging stations for electric vehicles,
-developing special projects for fleets, public spaces and cities,
-analyzing the regulations on installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations.

The Ankara Metropolitan Municipality provides the municipal services that improve the quality of life of Ankara’s citizens with a philosophy of “social municipality” so that the social, cultural and economic changes influence the city’s population in a positive manner.

With its broad range of zero-emission vehicles, Renault is one of the world leaders in the development of electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries.

Turkey plays a key role in this area, since Renault has a very strong position in the country in terms of both production and sales. Last October Renault announced it would be producing Fluence Z.E., one of its new electric vehicles, at the Bursa plant. Fluence Z.E. will be the first mass-produced electric vehicle in Turkey.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, which was formed in 1999, aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. To date, the Alliance has entered into more than 70 partnerships worldwide with countries, cities, organizations and other key stakeholders to prepare the markets and necessary infrastructure for the successful adoption of electric vehicles around the world.