Renault-Nissan Starts Zero-Emission Initiative

Renault-Nissan alliance and the city of Yokohama today announced a zero-emission mobility initiative codenamed "Project Zero" especially aimed at cutting CO2 emissions and encourage people to adopt less-polluting models. The project has several goals, as it follows:

Measures to promote Eco-Drive Management System, also known as EMS, to promote wider adoption of eco-driving "by using the Nissan Carwings eco-driving service," as the alliance said in a statement for the press.

Study of route navigation systems to alleviate traffic congestion - improve the Dynamic Route Guiding System (also know as the fastest-route guidance system) that will help those involved to reduce traffic congestions and reduce CO2 emissions.

Measures to promote mass acceptance of electric vehicles - establish an electric-charging network to allow drivers to recharge the electric vehicles' batteries on the go. In addition, the alliance wants to encourage governments to offer subsidies for EV models (Yokohama offered 300,000 yen per car in 2008) as well as reduced rates or exemption for EV parking.

Quantitative study on the positive impact of the Project to the environment, in collaboration with Tokyo University, and public education campaign - determine how much traffic congestions affect CO2 emission figures and establish an Eco Mobility web portal to assist drivers in getting information on electric vehicles.

"To achieve zero-emission mobility, it is important for automakers and municipalities to cooperate and complement each other's role in the community," said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president of Nissan. "Nissan is fully committed to deliver on the goals set under the Yokohama Mobility 'Project ZERO' by leveraging our EV expertise and R&D capabilities."
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