-- Renault and Nissan electric vehicles available for test driving and
powering appliances during World Economic Forum in Davos --
DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Top business leaders
and heads of state will gather next week in the Swiss Alps to debate
global social and economic policy. Thanks to the Renault-Nissan
Alliance, they will discover cutting-edge technology that powers cars -
and even household appliances.
Policymakers, academics and CEOs from some of the world's largest
companies will meet Jan. 25-28 to brainstorm the planet's most pressing
concerns - particularly those related to resource scarcity and energy
security - at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Renault-Nissan
Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn and other executives from both Renault and
Nissan will attend the annual conference.
For the second straight year, the Alliance is offering test drives for
WEF delegates in a fleet of zero-emission vehicles, including the new
Renault Fluence Z.E. and Nissan LEAF. Electric vehicles offer an
immediate solution to reducing CO2 emissions - whether in an urban
environment or in Davos, one of the highest-altitude towns in Europe.
(Little known fact: EVs do not require oxygen and therefore perform
consistently at any altitude.)
Davos will be one of the first opportunities for delegates to experience
Renault's electric Fluence Z.E. saloon, powered by a 70kW electric
engine. They can also drive the Nissan LEAF, the world's first
affordable, mass-produced electric car and winner of the 2011 World Car
of the Year. More than 22,000 LEAF owners on three continents have
driven a collective 35 million miles, saving the equivalent of 7,300
tons of C02 emissions.
Test drives begin at the Renault-Nissan Alliance Pavilion, a convenient
downtown hub for WEF delegates and the public. GE will provide charging
stations for the cars, which will be powered by renewable energy from
local hydropower stations from Davos-based EWD.
Davos visitors can also experience one of the newest innovations in
sustainable mobility: Nissan's unique LEAF-to-Home (L2H) technology
reverses the Nissan LEAF's usual energy flow, enabling the car's 24kWh
Lithium-ion battery to charge household appliances for up to two days.
At Davos, the system will power mobile phones and laptops in the
Alliance pavilion - and even a hot chocolate machine outside! The
Alliance will also donate USD $1 to the Brazil forestry program Mata no
Peito (matanopeito.org) for every compostable hot chocolate cup used. Visitors can get free
cocoa and learn more about the L2H system.
Check the Alliance blog [http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com ] at http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com for posts from Davos all next week, including guest commentary and
videos from VIPs interested in the future of transportation. You can
also follow us on our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/#!/TheAllianceRN to stay up to date with all the happenings from the Pavilion and from
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For further information:
Mia Nielsen, Manager, Renault-Nissan Alliance Communications, +33(0)1-76-87-12-33, +33(0)6-10 83-31-33