NISSAN CANADA SIGNS ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARTNERSHIP WITH PROVINCE OF MANITOBA AND MANITOBA HYDRO

WINNIPEG, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Nissan Canada today announced it's entering into an agreement with the Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro, to work together to help plan a battery charging network , potentially incorporating Manitoba's existing recharging infrastructure, and to promote the use of zero emission vehicles in the province.

"We continue to be encouraged by the ongoing interest of partners like the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro to find ways to encourage the adoption of zero emission vehicles," said Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada, Inc. "As a manufacturer we can provide innovative vehicles that Canadians love and want to drive, but governments and utilities play an important role in helping build the infrastructure support for electric vehicles that will make a roll-out of the Nissan LEAF in Manitoba possible."

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) brings together representatives from each organization to identify opportunities to encourage the use of zero-emission vehicles. As part of the agreement, the partners will work together to further advance the potential that could come from the existing battery charging network within the province, and will discuss possible incentives for EV infrastructure providers and EV users. All parties also agree on the importance of public education activities to promote the use of EVs and that regulatory changes may also help achieve success.

"Manitoba has a roadmap for a fossil fuel-free future and this agreement is another milestone along that pathway," said the Honourable David Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines with the Province of Manitoba. "Electric vehicles could present a significant opportunity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba and benefit our economy by allowing us to replace imported fossil fuel with our own clean, renewable hydroelectricity as an affordable energy source for our cars."

"We continue to work closely with the public and private sector to form partnerships to promote electric vehicle use in Manitoba," said Bob Brennan, Manitoba Hydro President and CEO. "Understanding the grid requirements needed to support EVs will ensure Manitoba Hydro can reliably meet these requirements and provide for the future of electric mobility in our province."

Nissan is the first automaker committed to making affordable, all-electric vehicles available to the mass market globally. The Nissan LEAF™ is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 160 kilometres (based on U.S. EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. The well-equipped Nissan LEAF™ is available for $38,395 and will be rolled-out in select Canadian markets this fall. To date over 13,000 Canadians have signed up as handraisers on www.nissan.ca/leaf to receive regular updates and news on Nissan LEAF.

The MOU agreement adds Manitoba to a growing network of zero-emission vehicle initiatives across the world. Nissan has formed partnerships with 95 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of electric vehicles worldwide.

A photo from the press conference will be available at approximately 3:00 pm Eastern time via CNW and at www.media.nissan.ca.

Further information, images and B-Roll can be found at www.media.nissan.ca.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 168 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts: 
Didier Marsaud 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: (905) 629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Heather Meehan
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: (647) 259-3268
Email: heather.meehan@cohnwolfe.ca

Rachel Morgan
Press Secretary to Cabinet
Government of Manitoba
Tel: 204-945-1494
Cell: 204-291-9916
Email: Rachel.Morgan@leg.gov.mb.ca

Glenn Schneider
Division Manager, Public Affairs
Manitoba Hydro
Tel: 204-474-3535
Email: gpschneider@hydro.mb.ca

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