"For more than 100 years, Houston has pioneered advances in the energy field. With the same spirit of innovation, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are committed to lead the way in the field of zero-emission automotive technologies," said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas said.
"We are the only global automaker bringing an electric-vehicle lineup to drivers on a mass-market scale and at an affordable price."
As a result of the agreement, Renault, Nissan, Houston and Reliant Energy will work on a plan to set up the infrastructure for electric cars, the policies related to zero emissions mobility and supply a fleet of electric vehicles to the City of Houston and in and around the metropolitan area.
"The discovery of oil at Spindletop in 1901 catapulted Houston to its current title of energy capital of the world," Mayor Annisse Parker added. "With ongoing research and development of wind, solar and electric fuel sources, we are on the cusp of becoming the alternative energy capital of the world."
"It is fitting that the city be a leader in increasing public awareness of environmentally friendly transportation alternatives like the LEAF."