Nissan EV Prototype
Nissan EV Prototype. Click image to enlarge

San Diego, California – The Renault-Nissan Alliance has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to advance an electric vehicle (EV) charging network to advance zero-emission mobility.

The automaker will introduce EVs in the United States in 2010 and mass market them globally two years later. San Diego is the first stop on a coast-to-coast tour of Nissan’s EV Prototype, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and zero-emission electric motor. While differing in design from the vehicle that will be sold in 2010, the prototype indicates what the company will introduce for zero-emission mobility.

As part of the agreement, Nissan will assist SDG&E in acquiring electric vehicles, as well as developing plans to promote a charging infrastructure. The two companies will form a working team with area agencies, institutions and companies to work towards the implementation and maintenance of a battery charging network.

“We are proud to be embarking on this clean transportation initiative with Nissan,” said Debra Reed, president and CEO of SDG&E. “This collaborative effort is the first step in making San Diego ‘plug-in ready.’ We’re excited about creating new job opportunities for our region, and furthering San Diego’s vision of being at the centre of growth for clean technologies.”

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