MONTREAL, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Renault–Nissan Alliance today announced that Nissan Canada has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, Quebec City, Hydro-Quebec and the Agence de l'efficacite energetique du Quebec to advance zero-emission mobility in Quebec. The parties will work together to plan the necessary charging infrastructure and to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles in Quebec.
"This agreement brings us a step closer to a governmental action plan on electric vehicles, which will be launched within the next few months," said Minister of Natural Resources, Nathalie Normandeau. "We are planning a series of concrete actions that will pave the way for the arrival of electric vehicles in Quebec. Since 97% of our electricity comes from clean, renewable resources, Quebec presents a number of advantages for the introduction of electric vehicles."
"The Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to being a global leader in zero-emission mobility, which is one of the best solutions for reducing CO2 emissions," said Mark Grimm, President Nissan Canada Inc. "We look forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF, the only mass-market zero-emission car at an affordable price, to Quebec. Our partners have already demonstrated their commitment to combating greenhouse gas emissions and we anticipate a productive collaboration."
Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Quebec's President and CEO, added that "today's announcement falls perfectly in line with our Strategic Plan 2009–2013 and other initiatives currently underway at Hydro-Quebec. This memorandum of understanding will allow us to work closely with these important partners to carefully plan for the arrival of electric vehicles in Quebec."
"Montreal is a true leader with respect to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, " said Alan DeSousa, Vice-President of the Executive Committee and responsible for finance, sustainable development, environment and parks. "The memorandum of understanding signed with our partners meets the objectives of Montreal's Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development. It will raise our city's profile in North America with regard to electric vehicles and will help us reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2020."
Quebec City's Mayor, Regis Labeaume stated: "This partnership is in line with Quebec City's ongoing efforts to develop sustainable transportation. The implementation of the Ecolobus service, a fleet of non-polluting, ultra-quiet electric minibuses that travel the streets of Vieux-Quebec, is a great success that contributes to maintaining the quality of the capital's environment."
Nissan, along with its alliance partner Renault, is committed to making affordable, all-electric vehicles available to the mass-market globally. The Nissan LEAF, a five-passenger all-electric vehicle, will first be available in select Canadian markets, such as Quebec, before the end of 2011.
The MOU agreement adds Quebec to a growing network of zero-emission vehicle initiatives across the world.
About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Kirkland (QC), Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.
About the Renault-Nissan Alliance
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 60 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.
About the Ministere des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
The Ministere des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune manages land, energy, mineral, forestry and wildlife resources as well as land registration. The ministry relies on the latest research to ensure the conservation of Quebec's natural resources and territory while promoting their sustainable development for the benefit the entire population. The ministry is also responsible for developing and coordinating the government's energy policy, ensuring the security of Quebec's energy supply, promoting mineral, petroleum and gas exploration as well as safeguarding the public and the environment with respect to such activities. www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca
Montreal is Quebec's metropolis and the largest primarily French-speaking city in North America. It has a population of more than 1.6 million, of which almost a third are immigrants. With its 5,600-km road network, 4,100 km of streets and 200 km of highways, Montreal is the transportation hub of the province.
In 2008, Montreal adopted its first Transportation Plan, which proposed massive investment in alternatives to cars, including public transit, carpooling, carsharing and active transportation modes such as cycling and walking. A number of projects launched within the framework of this Transportation Plan have won prizes, including two 2009 Prix Environnement which were awarded by the Association quebecoise du transport et des routes (AQTR) last week. Both award-winning projects encourage active transportation: the deployment of BIXI bicycles and the implementation of 50 km of new bike paths. The city has won AQTR prizes in the past: in 2008 it won the Prix Environnement for its project encouraging cycling downtown, and it earned a special prize for its Transportation Plan. In 2009, the Montreal transit commission (Societe de transport de Montreal) won the Prix distinction for its public transit improvement program.
About Quebec City
With a population of more than 500,000, the City of Quebec is one of North America's leading medium-sized cities, thanks to the beauty of its surroundings and its quality of life, as well as its vitality and the standard of living of its residents. This modern city is an educational hub focussed on development, innovation, and competitiveness on an international scale. A shining example of environmental management, this provincial and northern capital, is a major tourist destination, blending old-world charm with modern attractions.
Hydro-Quebec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Its sole shareholder is the Quebec government. It uses mainly renewable generating options, in particular hydropower, and supports the development of wind energy through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts research in energy-related fields, such as energy efficiency. For more information on Hydro-Quebec, please visit www.hydroquebec.com . For details on its electric transportation plans, visit www.hydroquebec.com/electrification-transport.
SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.