Sydney, Australia - The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) and the State Government of New South Wales in Australia have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program.

The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which a working team of representatives from the New South Wales Government and Nissan will identify potential areas of co-operation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles in the State.

"Today, Nissan is proud to partner with the New South Wales government through the signing of this MOU," said Dan Thompson, Nissan Australia CEO. "Technology for zero emissions mobility is a reality and we are prepared to proactively explore ways to bringing this technology to the market with collaboration from the government. "

"Our company is leading the world in the design and production of a battery-powered family-sized car and we aim to have this vehicle on sale in Australia by 2012. The announcement of the signing of a strategic MoU with the Government of New South Wales brings that reality closer," Thompson continued. "The Nissan organization recognizes the importance of sustainability by limiting CO2 emissions and we are ready and able to partner governments in pursuing that role."

The Alliance has formed partnerships with more than 40 governments, cities and other organizations around the world, including Japan, the U.S.A., Europe and Asia, to advance the deployment of EVs worldwide.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance
The Renault Nissan Alliance, founded in 1999, sold 6,090,304 vehicles in 2008. The objective of the Alliance is to rank among the world's top three vehicle manufacturers in terms of quality, technology and profitability.

Nissan Zero Emission Website