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Renault-Nissan and Project Better
Place Prepare for First Mass Marketed Electric Vehicles
Paris - In a significant move
towards reducing CO2 car emissions as well as particles
pollution, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Project Better Place
engage in a breakthrough with electric vehicles in Israel. The
solution framework comes in response to the Israeli State’s
challenge to the auto industry and its supply chain to migrate
the country’s transportation infrastructure to renewable sources
For the first time in history, all
the conditions necessary for electric vehicles to be
successfully mass-marketed will be brought together in a
partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Project
Better Place in Israel. The Israeli government would provide tax
incentives to customers, Renault would supply the electric
vehicles, and Project Better Place would construct and operate
an Electric Recharge Grid across the entire country. Electric
vehicles will be available for customers in 2011.
• 100% electric vehicles:
Renault’s vehicles will run on pure electricity for all
functions. The objective of zero emissions will be achieved,
while at the same time offering driving performances similar to
a 1.6 liter gasoline engine. Renault’s electric vehicles will be
equipped with lithium-ion batteries, ensuring greater driving
range and longevity.
• Innovative business model: For
the first time in the electric vehicle business, ownership of
the car is separated from the requirement to own a battery.
Consumers will buy and own their car and subscribe to energy,
including the use of the battery, on a basis of kilometers
driven. This model is similar to the way mobile phones are sold,
with an initial purchase and a monthly subscription for the
• Competitive cost of ownership:
The Israeli government recently extended a tax incentive on the
purchase of any zero-emissions vehicle until 2019, making them
more affordable. Combined with the lower cost of electricity as
opposed to fuel-based energy, and the vehicle’s lifetime
guarantee, the total cost of ownership for the customer will be
significantly lower than that of a fuel-based car over the life
cycle of the vehicle.
• Electric Recharge Grid
infrastructure: California-based Project Better Place plans to
deploy a massive network of battery charging spots. Driving
range will no longer be an obstacle, because customers will be
able to plug their cars into charging units in any of the
500,000 charging spots in Israel. An on-board computer system
will indicate to the driver the remaining power supply and the
nearest charging spot. Nissan, through its joint venture with
NEC, has created a battery pack that meets the requirements of
the electric vehicle and will mass-produce it. Renault is
working on development of exchangeable batteries for continuous
mobility. The entire framework will go through a series of tests
starting this year.
• Perfect first mass market: In Israel,
where 90% of car owners drive less than 70 kilometers per day, and all
major urban centers are less than 150 kilometers apart, electric
vehicles would be the ideal means of transportation and could therefore
cover most of the population’s transportation needs.
Along with Project Better Place, this is
the first illustration of the Alliance’s commitment to mass-market
zero-emission vehicles all over the world.
(Jan. 21, 2008)