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
"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
"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
"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.
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.
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SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.
For further information:
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: (905) 629-6400
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Tel: (647) 259-3268
Press Secretary to Cabinet
Government of Manitoba
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