Vancouver, British Columbia – The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced a partnership in British Columbia that will make the province the first to launch the all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2011, in advance of its global distribution in 2012.

The Alliance, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro have formed a partnership that will see British Columbia become the initial launch point for Nissan’s Canadian zero-emission transportation program. The program will also explore the establishment of charging infrastructure in Vancouver, including an application to the federal government’s Clean Energy Fund for an infrastructure pilot program planned by the province, BC Hydro and the city.

“Moving towards a zero-emission mobility program gets Vancouver closer to our goal of becoming the world’s greenest city,” said Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve moved very aggressively to bring in electric vehicle charging infrastructure regulations for Vancouver that is a first for North America. The city will need electric vehicles to charge on that new infrastructure. We are very pleased to be the first Canadian municipal partner of Nissan, a global leader in electric-vehicle technologies.”

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed partnerships with 30 governments, cities and other organizations worldwide to advance the deployment of electric vehicles.

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