Electric car collaboration agreed

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an agreement in Northern Ireland in a bid to create a full electric vehicle infrastructure network, it has been announced.

Northern Ireland's Department for Regional Development (DRD), Department of Environment (DOE) and the alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to have joint teams working to develop networks of plug-in charging points.

Under the Plugged in Places plan, the alliance is set to produce ideas for introducing the electric points while the Government will consider incentives for customers.

Thierry Sybord, managing director of Renault UK, said: "Today's agreement with Northern Ireland provides a unique opportunity to explore cross-border collaboration with the Republic of Ireland and access to their 1,500 charging points in the south.

"This, coupled with the Northern Ireland Government's commitment to renewable energy, makes Northern Ireland an ideal market for the Alliance's range of zero emission 100% electric vehicles, including four Renault vehicles by 2012."

Paul Wilcox, managing director of Nissan Motors (GB) Ltd, said: "By working together governments and car makers can help to make a real difference to the quality of life for future generations."

The bid is set to be submitted to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles in London by October 29, and is designed to provide funding for electric vehicle infrastructure to a number of successful cities or regions.

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