Renault-Nissan has reached an agreement with London's greentomatocars to work on bringing electric taxis to the UK capital. The Franco-Japanese alliance and the British hire-car company will be members of the Partnership for Zero-Emission-Mobility. The first stage of the partnership will establish a network of charging stations around London. After that, the automaker will supply battery-powered cars to for the greentomatocars fleet. greentomatocars already provides pre-booked hire-cars using a fleet of Toyota Priuses and wants to take its service to the next level.
Renault-Nissan has been forming partnerships with private and public organizations around the world to promote demand for electric vehicles and establish the necessary infrastructure to make them practical. Nissan's first electric car is expected to arrive in 2010. The Renault press release is after the jump.
RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE AND GREENTOMATOCARS TO LAUNCH FIRST ZERO EMISSION CAB FLEET IN LONDON
ROLLE, Switzerland (February 27, 2009) – greentomatocars - the leader in green personal transport operations- and the Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced they are collaborating in the Partnership for Zero-Emission-Mobility, an initiative bringing electric mobility to the global markets. Through the launch of full electric transport in London the public audience will be able to experience emission free mobility.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently the two parties will study ways to promote the use of electric vehicles (EV) and help establish a comprehensive charging network in the UK capital. The MOU also intends to define the terms and conditions for the supply by the Alliance of electric vehicles to greentomatocars for use in its fleet.
London-based company greentomatocars is an environmentally friendly private car hire service using the greenest car available on the market. Today the company operates a fleet of hybrid vehicles and is constantly reviewing its operations in order to further reduce its impact on the environment.
"Hybrid cars are currently the best solution when looking for low emission urban transport, but as soon as a serious zero emission alternative appears we aim to be first in the queue to operate those cars. The Alliance EV programme seems to tick all the right boxes," says Jonny Goldstone, Director of greentomatocars.
"We identify with the commitment shown by greentomatocars to the environment. We look forward to working together to promote clean vehicles and create the conditions for zero emission mobility in London," says Andrew Palmer, senior vice president of Nissan.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to be the global leader in zero-emission mobility and has already started zero emission initiatives in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, the Principality of Monaco, as well as the US States of Tennessee and Oregon and Sonoma County in northern California and in Japan with the Prefecture of Kanagawa and the City of Yokohama. The Alliance has also partnered with the French utility company EDF and the Swiss electric utility company Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS).
The Renault Group generated global revenues of €37,791 million in 2008. It designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout the world. The Renault Group is present in 118 countries and sells vehicles under its three brands - Renault, Dacia and Samsung. The Renault Group employs 129,000 people worldwide.
Nissan Motor Co. generated global net revenues of 10.824 trillion yen in 2007. Nissan is present in all major global auto markets selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and light commercial vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Nissan employs over 220,000 people worldwide.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance
The Renault Nissan Alliance, founded in 1999, sold 6,090,304 vehicles in 2008. The objective of the Alliance is to rank among the world's top three vehicle manufacturers in terms of quality, technology and profitability.
Launched in 2006, greentomatocars provides environmentally friendly private hire (pre-booked taxi) services in London, UK and Sydney, Australia. The company, whose fleets are made up of the greenest vehicles available and which double-funds offsetting projects to make up for any unavoidable emissions, won the Energy Saving Trust award for Industry Leadership in 2008.