Tokyo - The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) have formed a partnership to explore the development of Zero Emission Vehicles program with Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the presence of Edward Yau, secretary for the environment of Hong Kong and Andy Palmer, senior vice president of Nissan. Under the MOU, a working team of representatives from the Hong Kong government and Nissan will be set up to identify potential areas of co-operation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles in Hong Kong.

"Today, Nissan is proud to partner with the Hong Kong government through the signing of this MOU," said Andy Palmer. "Technology for zero emissions mobility is a reality and we are fully prepared and committed to bringing this technology to the world in the very near future."

The Alliance aims to take the leadership of zero-emission mobility in the automotive industry and will start mass-marketing electric vehicles globally in 2012.

Edward Yau said, "Electric vehicles with zero emissions can help improve our roadside air quality. Our partnership with Nissan will serve as a strong support for the promotion of zero-emission mobility in Hong Kong."

The Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, and China.

In the United States, the Alliance is exploring ways to promote zero-emission mobility and the development of an EV infrastructure in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona.

The Alliance has formed partnerships with 23 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.