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Renault-Nissan Alliance Signs Zero-Emission Partnership in Vancouver

The Renault–Nissan Alliance, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro announced a partnership that will see British Columbia become the first Canadian province to receive the Nissan LEAF, Nissan’s first all-electric “real-world” car, in 2011, in advance of global distribution in 2012.

The memorandum of understanding brings together representatives from each organization to identify opportunities to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles in Vancouver and other areas in BC. Discussions will also explore the establishment of charging infrastructure in Vancouver.

The agreement also supports an application to the federal government’s Clean Energy Fund for a charging infrastructure pilot program planned by the Province, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver.

The agreement adds BC to a growing network of zero-emission vehicle initiatives across the world. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed partnerships with 30 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of electric vehicles worldwide.

Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun ZEV 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, Washington, DC, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, Seattle in Washington and Raleigh in North Carolina.



Vancouver and Victoria, with the midest climate in Canada, are very good places to start, north of the border.

As battery technology progresses, BEVs will spread out to the rest of the country. By 2015, every provinces should have BEVs and distributed charging stations. Liquid fuel sales will progresively be reduced in favour of electricity.

With a $40+B program, Quebec Hydro is adding 10 000 000 KW (Hydro) within the next 6-8 years. That should be more than enough for 1 000 000+ BEVs. Another 5 000 000 Kw (Wind) power will be added in the same period. That could also supply enough power for another 500 000+ BEVs.

With overnight charging, no major changes will be required to the local distribution networks. There is a lot of excess power outside peak demand periods. Of course the power grid will be expanded and new high voltage power lines will be added to link the new power plants.

With warmer themperatures creating more humidity = more rain & snow, water availability has increased significantly during the last few years. The water reservoirs are over-full and more turbines (10+ %) could be added in many places in the future, enough for another 2 000 000 + BEVs. Hydro + Wind potential is enough for at least 3 to 4 BEVs per family @ 70 Km/day/BEV. The surplus e-power will be sold to East Coast neighbouring States and Ontario. Current Provincial GHG (12 tonnes/per capita) could be reduce by up to 33% or at about 8 tonnes per capita per year.


Temperature is a big factor, years ago a company put BEV PT Cruisers into taxi service in New York city. The batteries produced only 40% of the rated capacity, so the trial was ended.


Vancouver and Victoria are joining the I-5 corridor of states providing EV charging stations. Washington, Oregon and California all have agreements with Renault-Nissan for infrastructure installations. So in a few year, you will be able to drive from Mexico to Canada all on electricity. Might take a little longer as you wait for the battery to charge, but then you should stop to smell the roses anyways!

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