The Renault-Nissan Alliance, a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan specializing in zero-emission mobility, will provide a fleet of 50 all-electric vehicles (EVs) as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
According to the alliance, the fully electric fleet will provide 24/7 shuttle services to delegates.
As reported, more than 25,000 participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the annual climate summit on Nov. 7-18. The Renault-Nissan Alliance states that this is the second time the United Nations will use a zero-emission shuttle fleet in support of public transport at one of its major conferences.
Specifically, the COP22 fleet will feature the Renault ZOE subcompact car, the Nissan LEAF compact car and the seven-seat Nissan e-NV200 van.
Moreover, the alliance will also provide a network of more than 20 accelerated and standard EV charging stations at strategic locations, with the accelerated stations able to charge EVs up to 80% in about one hour.
“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 two-week United Nations annual climate change conference in Paris last year. According to the company, the alliance’s fleet of 200 EVs represented the world’s largest EV fleet ever provided for an international conference, shuttling more than 8,000 delegates, media and negotiators and traveling at least 175,000 kilometers without emitting any CO2 tailpipe emissions and without using any petroleum.
The alliance says it will also participate in Solutions COP22, an international exhibition on climate change solutions, to be held in the Green Zone in Marrakech. The alliance will have EVs available for public test drives.