Nissan Supports Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Deployment Project
Dept. of Energy Grant Helps Ready Markets for Zero Emissions
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 5
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy today
announced a grant for the largest deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and
charging infrastructure ever undertaken. Nissan (Nasdaq: NSANY) is supporting
the lead grant applicant, Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec), by
pledging to make available up to 1,000 Nissan LEAF zero-emission electric
vehicles in each of five major markets. Nissan, through the Renault-Nissan
Alliance, is committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles.
The $99.8 million grant to eTec, which will be matched by regional project
participants for a project valued at approximately $199.6 million, is for
installation of approximately 2,500 charging stations in each of the selected
markets - Tennessee, Oregon, San Diego, Seattle and the Phoenix/Tucson region.
The project also involves the deployment of up to 1,000 Nissan LEAF
zero-emission vehicles in each market.
The project will collect and analyze data characterizing vehicle use in
diverse topographies and climate conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of
charging infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for
commercial and public charging infrastructure. To test and analyze electric
vehicle usage and charging patterns in a simulated, mature charging
environment, the deployment of charging infrastructure will target major
"Nissan appreciates the support of the Department of Energy in helping
jumpstart the electrification of the transportation sector," said Scott Becker
vice president, Legal and General Counsel, Nissan North America. "This is a
major step in promoting zero-emission mobility in the United States. Nissan is
looking forward to partnering with eTec to help make electric cars a reality
and to help establish the charging networks in key markets."
"This project will enhance America's leadership role in clean electric
transportation and exemplifies the Department of Energy's strategic foresight
and commitment to improving our environment, economy and energy independence,"
said Jonathan Read, president and CEO, ECOtality, parent company of eTec. "By
developing a rich charge infrastructure in each market, this project will
enable a successful consumer experience among early EV adopters and increase
market demand for electric transportation."
Nissan on Aug. 2 introduced the Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable,
zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered
chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five
adults and has a range of 100 miles to satisfy real-world consumer
requirements. The Nissan LEAF will launch in the United States in late 2010.
U.S. production will begin in late 2012 at Nissan's manufacturing facility in
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun zero-emissions vehicle initiatives in
Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark,
Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong.
In the United States, the Alliance is exploring ways to promote zero-emission
mobility and the development of an EV infrastructure in the State of
Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California,
Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., Seattle, and Raleigh, N.C.
Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions,
cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan
in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be
found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infiniti.com. For media needs and
b-roll, please see www.nissannews.com.
Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of
ECOtality (OTC Bulletin Board: ETLY), is a recognized leader in the research,
development and testing of advanced transportation and energy systems. With
over two decades of electric transportation experience, eTec has been involved
in every electric vehicle initiative in North America since the 1990's.
Utilizing its patented industry-leading charging algorithm, eTec operates the
Minit-Charger line of battery fast-charge systems for on-road electric
vehicle, transit, material handling and airport ground support applications.
For more information, please visit www.etecevs.com or www.minit-charger.com.
About ECOtality, Inc.
ECOtality, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ETLY), headquartered in Scottsdale,
Arizona, is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage
technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships,
ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric
technologies to replace carbon-based fuels. For more information about
ECOtality, Inc., please visit www.ecotality.com.
SOURCE Nissan North America
Contact: Katherine Zachary, Nissan North America, +1- 615-725-1447
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