Renault-Nissan: Beating the Path For EV

The much-anticipated Nissan Cube hit dealerships this week, and its immediate appeal is its low-mileage, economical pricing coupled with its roominess (for starters). It’s the latest in the evolution where Sport Utility Vehicle becomes Sport Activity Vehicle becomes Sport Economy Vehicle. Next up - something that resembles the EV-02 Cube we’ve been seeing on the test-drive media tour?

First, Nissan is on a reconnaissance-mission, and along the way, it appears they are furthering electric vehicle mobility in general.

Nissan has apparently been following the old adage of “If you want to have cities, you’ve got to build roads,” literally paving the way for their zero-emission vehicle planned for 2010 in the U.S. At the same time as the EV-02 tour, the Renault-Nissan alliance has been traveling the country forming partnerships with major energy companies that would be responsible for charging station networks in each area. The agreements will promote the construction of an infrastructure of EV charging stations, as well as maintenance. In exchange, Nissan will stock the city up with their EVs (we’re guessing for public transportation purposes as well).

Nissan and partners made agreements with companies in Seattle (WA), Phoenix (AZ), Tuscson (AZ), San Diego (CA), Sonoma County (CA), Franklin (TN), and on Monday, Ralleigh (NC). Where will they go next? Let’s see – it’s great news for any city.


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