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Renault-Nissan and Monaco Establish EV Partnership

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The Principality of Monaco and the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced a comprehensive partnership to deliver zero emission mobility to the Principality from 2011.

The plan will utilize electric vehicles including the ones supplied by the Alliance, and will leverage an extensive charging network that will be built across the Principality over the next two years.

In November, the Principality of Monaco established a partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to explore zero emission mobility. The goal was to address concerns such as global warming, dependence on oil and sustainable mobility. After four months of discussion and analysis,
Monaco today became the second European country to sign a final agreement with the Alliance for implementing a zero emission mobility program.

The plan calls for an extension of the existing charging network from 176 to 300 stations by 2011, in addition to 3 quick charge stations.
Monaco will also maintain incentives to electric vehicle purchasers.
Nissan unveiled its Nuvu electric concept at 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The electric Nuvu concept is capable of traveling 78 miles per charge
and can reach a top speed of 74.5 mph and should be recharged in between 3 to 5 hours.

The Government of Monaco is also mandating that 50% of public fleet vehicle purchases be zero-emission, as early as 2011.

Additional measures, such as EV dedicated parking spaces, preferential access and special rates for EV parking are being studied further. Public awareness and educational activities, including electric vehicle demonstrations during
Monaco's major events such as the F1 Grand Prix, are under study.

The measures were announced during the opening ceremony of Ever
Monaco, the International Conference and Exhibition on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies. Nissan's electric concept car NUVU is on display at the four-day exhibition. This concept vehicle features the same lithium-ion battery technology and some other components that will power Nissan's new electric vehicles.

Nissan began research into high output Li-Ion cells as long ago as 1992, but today development is carried out by Automotive Energy Supply Corp. (AESC), a joint venture company set up by Nissan and NEC Group.

Nissan plans to become a global leader in affordable electric vehicles. Nissan will introduce its first electric cars in
Japan, Europe and the U.S. in 2010 and two years later will marketing EVs globally.

This year the alliance has announced partnerships with Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the City of Yokohama in Japan, the State of Tennessee, French utility giant EDF, the the Swiss electric utility company Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS), private car hire service "greentomatocars" (UK) and with zero-emission transport system company "elektromotive" (UK).

Renault-Nissan also entered into a partnership with San Diego, State of Oregon in conjunction with utility company Portland General Electric and Sonoma County in Northern California.

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