Renault-Nissan Alliance Launches in Hakone

The expansion of EV-friendly cities established by the Renault-Nissan Alliance continues, as the Nissan Leaf EV approaches the date of launch. The two carmakers announced yesterday they have partnered with the Hakone Town and Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan to establish the Hakone EV Town Project.

As in all the other similar partnerships, Renault-Nissan will try to promote EV mobility through all and any means necessary. EV taxi, rental EV, EV sharing and electric motorcycle will be introduced in the region, while tourists will be encouraged to use rental EV for touring the Hakone area.

"Hakone area is one of the nation's most popular international tourist sites that attracts more than 20 million people every year from Japan and abroad. In this project, we aim to use EV as means of transportation for tourists to make this area more attractive for them as well as to preserve beautiful nature," Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Nissan senior vice president said in a statement.

"This will gain widespread attention as a highly feasible and specific case among variety of plans that are now being considered to be implemented in various regions."

"There are many other great tourist sites in Japan which can be more appealing by such project as this. I hope Hakone area will play a pioneering role and these great tourist sites will establish stronger ties with each other to make themselves more attractive for tourists. Therefore, we want to greatly contribute to the success of this project."

So far, the Renault-Nissan Alliance partnered with more than 50 governments, municipalities and companies to promote EV mobility.
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