YOKOHAMA - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the City of Saitama today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly embark on the E-KIZUNA Project, aimed at creating a sustainable low-carbon society.

The zero-emission partnership will initiate a joint-study to implement all the necessary conditions for the mass introduction of electric vehicles, primarily focused on the following areas.

1) Charging Infrastructure

  1. ・ Build a network of charging stations in the city
  2. ・ Study the deployment of IT Connectivity for real-time information about charging infrastructure availability
  3. ・ Further development to improve charging technology

2) Create vehicle demand and provide incentives

  1. ・ Promote the use of EVs for commercial fleets
  2. ・ Introduce special incentives for EVs for the commercial sector
  3. ・ Promote car-sharing with EVs

3) Implement community-based educational programs

  1. ・ Organize EV test-drive events
  2. ・ Develop educational brochures to public awareness
  3. ・ Organize educational briefings at elementary and junior high schools levels

Saitama City Mayor Shimizu said, "Through partnership with Nissan, we hope the E-KIZUNA Project can become the model for a low-carbon society. This project aims to create not only a sustainable society, but also a comfortable living environment in the city. We are committed to make E-KIZUNA a success."

"Mass adoption of electric cars is key to creating a sustainable low-carbon society and it is essential for us to work with public and private stakeholders to achieve success," said Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan Chief Operating Officer. "Nissan is pleased to contribute to the E-KIZUNA Project and together, we hope to create a truly modern and mobile society with zero emissions."

The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. To-date the Alliance has signed zero-emission partnerships with more than 30 governments, municipalities and companies worldwide. Nissan will introduce the LEAF electric car in Japan, the United States and Europe in 2010 followed by global mass marketing in 2012.

E-KIZUNA Project:
The City of Saitama and Nissan will work together to promote the mass adoption of zero-emission vehicles. The project will engage various institutions and organizations to create a sustainable low-carbon society that will contribute to Japan's commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Under the education and public awareness campaign, Nissan will participate in the "Collabo Saitama 2009" event, to be held from November 6 to 8 at the Saitama Super Arena. Details are as follows:

Electric Car Exhibition (at the Nissan Motor Light Truck Co., Ltd. booth)

  1. - November 6 (Fri) and 7 (Sat) : EV Prototype
  2. - November 8 (Sun) : LEAF

Zero Emission Lecture (at the Event Stage)

  1. - November 8 (Sun) at 13:45
  2. - Speaker: Masanori Ueda, Expert Leader, Technology Planning Department, Planning and Advanced Engineering Development Division

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