Renault-Nissan Enters Ireland

With only a couple of months left until the market launch of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, the efforts made by the Renault-Nissan Zero Emission alliance to ease its entrance seem to have slowed down.

The number of partnerships signed this year is significantly reduced compared to 2009, a clear evidence that the Alliance has done pretty much all it can for the task at hand. Yet, there are few places left in the world where it still needs to expand.

Such a place is Ireland, where the Alliance entered this week following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and the Department of Environment (DOE).

The goal of the MoU is the same as just about everywhere else: ensure the Leaf will feel at home on the market and that people know what the car is all about. Plans for an electric vehicle infrastructure network will be developed, while charging networks, energy supply and electric vehicle training will be provided by the two carmakers.

"I see the use of electric vehicles as an important alternative to fossil fuel powered travel which will help to decarbonise transport and contribute to our climate change, air quality and noise objectives,” said Edwin Poots, the Minister of the Environment, at the signing of the memorandum.

“Electric vehicles are an exciting part of our transport future and I think this agreement will help to ensure that we start to enjoy the benefits that these vehicles bring sooner rather than later."
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