Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company and the government of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan have announced an agreement to conduct a feasibility study of a full-scale electric vehicle project in Kanagawa, starting in 2010. The announcement follows the unveiling of Nissan’s 2012 mid-term business plan, which includes the introduction of a completely electric vehicle in the U.S. and Japan by 2010, and to the global market by 2012.

The joint study will explore various opportunities, including the establishment of a local electricity-charging network and appropriate incentives.

“In April, Kanagawa Prefecture had announced the EV (Electric Vehicle) Initiative Kanagawa, an incentive scheme to include subsidies and tax exemptions to promote electric vehicles,” said Shigefumi Matsuzawa, governor of Kanagawa Prefecture. “By 2014, we hope to achieve 3,000 units of electric vehicles in Kanagawa. The scheme is supported by the industrial and academic sectors. The joint study with Nissan will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles among consumers. We intend to achieve a sustainable mobility solution with the ‘Kanagawa Model’, which can be replicated at the national and global levels.”

“At Nissan, we firmly believe that electric vehicles represent a viable and attractive solution for sustainable mobility,” said Carlos Tavares, executive vice-president of Nissan. “In collaboration with the government of Kanagawa Prefecture, we hope to clearly position the electric vehicle as a zero emission, affordable car with no impact on the environment. By creating the favourable conditions, customers can then make a smart and environmentally-friendly choice with an electric vehicle.”

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