Renault-Nissan will begin work with the UK based company Elektromotive. Together they will work to install a network of vehicle recharging stations for use with plug in electric vehicles. They term this the Partnership for Zero-Emission-Mobility.
The goal of this partnership is to provide an infrastructure capable of recharging plug in vehicles throughout the world. They believe that providing such an infrastructure is key for the long term success of plug-in vehicles.
This partnership is designed to promote electric vehicle and provide a feasible solution for charging vehicles when away from home.
Together, Renault-Nissan and Elektromotive hope to provide education and provide incentives that will bring additonal buyers to the plug-in vehicle market.
Renault-Nissan choose Elektromotive, which is based out of Brighton, England as its partner due to their extensive knowledge of charging station technologies. Elektromotive has installed more than 80 charging bays throughout major cities in England and hopes to expand.
The bays, called Elektrobays provide easy access for charging a vehicle. They are typically located within a short distance of parking spaces and provide a secure, weather-proof attachment to the vehicle. The Elektrobays provide up to 240 volts and 16 amps of power depending upon which country they are installed in. They are accessed through a key fob and lock shut during use to prevent tampering.
The Elektrobays have an intelligent design which allows them to communicated with the vehicle to assess the charging needs of the vehicle, and to provide billing information for the electricity used.
The Renault-Nissan alliance with Elektromotive points towards their goals for the future. Renault-Nissan with the assistance of Elektromotive intends to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility and charging solutions and has already begun operations in countries such as Denmark, Portugal, Israel, Japan, and the United States. This partnership expects to expand in the coming years.