Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance named of­fi­cial COP22 pas­sen­ger car part­ner with zero-emis­sion fleet

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance, world leader in zero-emis­sion mo­bil­ity, will pro­vide a fleet of 50 all-elec­tric ve­hi­cles as the of­fi­cial pas­sen­ger-car provider for the United Na­tion’s COP22 Cli­mate Con­fer­ence in Mar­rakech, Morocco. The fully elec­tric fleet will shut­tle del­e­gates.

More than 25,000 par­tic­i­pants from 195 coun­tries are ex­pected to at­tend the an­nual cli­mate sum­mit Nov. 7-18. It marks the sec­ond time the United Na­tions will use a zero-emis­sion shut­tle fleet in sup­port of pub­lic trans­port at one of its ma­jor con­fer­ences.

The COP22 fleet will fea­ture the Re­nault ZOE sub­com­pact car, the Nis­san LEAF com­pact car and the seven-seat Nis­san e-NV200 van. The ve­hi­cles will be avail­able to shut­tle del­e­gates 24 hours, seven days a week to key venues at the con­fer­ence, as a com­ple­ment to pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

The Al­liance will also pro­vide a net­work of more than 20 ac­cel­er­ated and stan­dard charg­ing sta­tions at strate­gic lo­ca­tions. The ac­cel­er­ated charg­ing sta­tions will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80 per­cent in about one hour.

The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance is the global leader in zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles. With six mod­els, it has al­ready sold more than 360,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles world­wide. Nis­san LEAF, launched in 2010, re­mains the in­dus­try’s best-sell­ing EV. Re­nault ZOE is the best-per­form­ing EV in Europe. The Al­liance has sold about half of the elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the road glob­ally to­day in­clud­ing the Re­nault Twizy twoseat, ur­ban com­muter ve­hi­cle, and the Nis­san eNV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Ja­pan since 2014.

In ad­di­tion, the Re­nault-Nis­san’s Tang­ier, Morocco, plant is de­signed to move to­wards “zero CO2” emis­sions through the use of re­new­able re­sources, for ther­mal en­ergy pro­duced on site, as well as its pur­chased elec­tric­ity. The plant be­gan op­er­a­tions in 2012, and its ap­proach re­mains unique in the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try.

In Morocco, Re­nault Group is the only ma­jor au­tomaker to market a fully elec­tric range of ve­hi­cles. Thanks to COP22 and the de­sire of the King­dom to de­velop low-car­bon en­ergy, sev­eral com­pa­nies have de­cided to bet on the 100 per­cent elec­tric car by buy­ing fleets.

“The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance is proud to con­trib­ute to COP22 by pro­vid­ing a fleet of 50 100 per­cent elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” said Marc Nas­sif, manag­ing direc­tor of Re­nault Morocco Group and Al­liance COP22 leader. “This tech­nol­ogy, cou­pled with an in­creas­ingly de­car­bonized elec­tric mix, is the so­lu­tion for in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity to ad­dress the is­sue of global warm­ing and en­hance air qual­ity in our cities.” Isao Sekiguchi, manag­ing direc­tor of the North Africa Re­gion and Egypt for Nis­san Group, agreed. “Cli­mate change is one of the most press­ing is­sues fac­ing the world to­day,” Sekiguchi said “The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance was not only quick to rec­og­nize the im­port con­tri­bu­tion the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try could make to the col­lec­tive ef­fort to tackle emis­sions, but was also quick to act”.

The Al­liance was also an of­fi­cial part­ner of COP21. The fleet of 200 elec­tric ve­hi­cles from the Al­liance rep­re­sented the world’s largest EV fleet ever pro­vided for an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence. This fleet shut­tled more than 8,000 del­e­gates, me­dia and ne­go­tia­tors dur­ing the two-week United Na­tions an­nual cli­mate change con­fer­ence in Paris last year. In do­ing so, it trav­eled at least 175,000 kilo­me­ters with­out emit­ting any CO2 tailpipe emis­sions and with­out us­ing any petroleum, which saved nearly 182 bar­rels of oil and avoided 18 tons of CO2 be­ing emit­ted.

The Al­liance will also par­tic­i­pate in So­lu­tions COP22, an in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion on cli­mat­e­change so­lu­tions, to be held in the Green Zone in Mar­rakech. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which will take place Nov. 7- 18, will fea­ture CO2 so­lu­tions from cities, busi­nesses and other or­ga­ni­za­tions around the world. In ad­di­tion, the Al­liance will have elec­tric ve­hi­cles avail­able for pub­lic test drives.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.