Nissan Cube EV Prototype - AutoWeek
There are three constants in life: death, taxes, and Nissan's periodic announcement of another zero-emission partnership. This time, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is working with Progress Energy and the non-profit group, Advance Energy, both based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The three entities will promote the development of an EV charging network to prepare the region for future plug-in vehicles. The group will also work towards EV friendly government policies that would make building the network more efficient. Nissan's efforts to prepare infrastructure for EVs go hand in hand with their commitment to introduce a pure electric car in the U.S. by 2010.
“Nissan through the Renault-Nissan Alliance is committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles,” said Dominique Thormann, senior vice president, administration and finance, Nissan North America. “Our partners in Raleigh share our goals of working together towards making the region plug-in ready for the introduction of electric vehicles next year. This partnership is an important step in making zero-emissions mobility a reality.”
“We are delighted to be working with Progress Energy, Advanced Energy and the Renault-Nissan Alliance on this project,” said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker. “We take a great deal of pride in being a leader in the region in preparing for the plug-in electric car era. The City of Raleigh is a founding member of the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition. By providing the infrastructure and encouragement for the use of alternative- fuel vehicles, we’re in complete concert with both the mission statement of the City and our goal of reducing emissions for a cleaner environment.”
The announcement comes as Nissan's EV prototype tours the nation, showing off lithium-ion battery technology and an electric motor under the guise of the subcompact Cube. This is the Alliance's 20th zero-emission partnership.