Beijing, China – U.S.-based industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has formed an alliance to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in cities across China. The alliance’s first project is to design and deploy electric buses.

The New Energy Sustainable Transportation International Alliance (NESTIA) includes AECOM, IBM, vehicle manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motor, lithium-ion battery manufacturer MGL, and electric motor provider Broad Ocean. The company made the announcement at the third annual China Green Energy Auto Development Summit Forum, hosted by Foton.

“Bringing together the leading experts in city planning and smart grid infrastructures with Eaton’s hybrid and electric vehicle technology will offer energy-saving solutions to cities wishing to acceleration the adoption of clean energy vehicles and has the potential to rapidly advance the adoption of new technology in China,” said Joe-Tao Zhou, president of Eaton in China.

NESTIA is part of a broader new global alliance between Eaton, AECOM and IBM to advance the adoption of clean energy vehicles, including plug-in and full electric vehicles. The group will place special focus on deployment of the technology in taxi, bus, refuse and sanitation fleets, along with accompanying charging infrastructure.

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