Enel, Endesa and the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing electric mobility across several geographical areas in Italy, Spain and Latin America. The agreement calls for:
Analysis of the technical integration (power interface, safety, and communications protocol) between Renault and Nissan’s electric vehicles and Enel’s recharging infrastructure;
Examination of the development of integrated product and service offerings for the customers of electric vehicles;
Analysis of various recharging technologies and the services associated to the charging infrastructure;
Study of the entire battery life cycle, including the possible use of the battery as an energy storage system of energy produced from renewable sources in the second part of its life cycle; and
Joint evaluation for development of pilot projects in areas to be identified in Italy, Spain and Latin America.
Between 2011 and 2012, Renault will launch a complete range of 4 electric vehicles: the urban vehicle Twizy Z.E., the compact hatchback Zoe Z.E., the family sedan Fluence Z.E. and the light commercial vehicle Kangoo Z.E. In late 2010, Nissan will launch LEAF, an all-electric vehicle for the global mass market. Sales will begin in the US, Japan and select markets in Europe before global mass marketing in 2012.
Enel is Italy’s largest power company, and Europe’s second listed utility by installed capacity. Endesa is the leading electricity company in Spain, the first private electricity company in Latin America and has a strong position in the Mediterranean basin, with a growing presence in various presence segments of the natural gas market in Spain and Portugal.