Renault–Nissan Expands to Toronto

The French-Japanese alliance for zero emission motoring between Renault and Nissan announced today it has found a new partner, this time in Canada. After a couple of years filled with partnerships signed across the globe with companies and local governments, the Alliance let the world know that its services will be found in Toronto as well.

As is the case with all other similar arrangements, the Toronto authorities will work together with Renault Nissan to promote and support the electric vehicles which will be deployed in the following years by the two manufacturers.

“Through this agreement, our partners at the City of Toronto have further demonstrated their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Nissan Canada president Allen Childs.

“We look forward to bringing the Nissan Leaf, the first affordable, mass market zero-emission vehicle to Toronto consumers before the end of next year.”

The first model to benefit from the agreement will be the Leaf, the first electric vehicle to be mass produced. The vehicle can run for 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge, thanks to the laminated compact lithium-ion batteries that manage to develop 90 kW. The electric motors produce an additional 80 kW/280 Nm of torque.

Recharging the battery to 80 percent of its capacity can take as little as just 30 minutes thanks to a new charging system developed by Nissan. It will however still take 8 hours to bring the battery to full capacity from a 200V home outlet.

“Electric vehicles are a great way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and smog pollutants in Toronto. We look forward to working with our partners to promote EVs and charging infrastructure in the city,”
said Toronto Mayor David Miller.
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