The agreement states that the council will support the development of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure, while the Renault-Nissan Alliance will offer its EV range to the public.
As part of the agreement, Nissan will bring the Leaf EV to Milton Keynes at the beginning of next year and Renault will introduce its Zero Emissions vehicles in the area, starting from mid-2011. The Kangoo Z.E. van and the Twizi Z.E. two-seater will arrive next year, while the Fluence Z.E. saloon and the Zoe Z.E. supermini will come in 2012.
In addition to that, the Milton Keynes Council will support the installation of 430 electric vehicle charging stations in both public and private locations as well as 2,000 home stations. Drivers will benefit from local EV incentives, such as free charging and parking at city center posts and will also be able to receive national Government incentives that can reach 5,000 pounds.
“We applaud Milton Keynes Council for its foresight in seizing the opportunity to bid for central government funding to build the electric charging points necessary for electric cars. Today’s agreement demonstrates hat by working together, local government and EV car manufacturers like the Renault- Nissan Alliance can create the right framework for electric vehicles to succeed,” said Kunio Nakaguro, Senior Vice President and head of European R&D at Nissan International SA.
“In partnership with Nissan we are excited to be working with Milton Keynes Council as one of the first to be involved with Plugged-in-Places programme. The agreement between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Milton Keynes Council presents a great opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of our range of electric vehicles in a realistic environment and is a significant step towards our goal of bringing affordable electric mobility to the mass market,” Roland Bouchara, Renault UK’s Managing Director, said.