Renault-Nissan announces EV cooperation agreement with Acciona in Spain
Under the agreement, Acciona and Renault-Nissan will work together to establish an EV recharging network and associated services in Spain and supply electricity produced from renewable sources, in line with the carmaker's current schedule for bringing electric vehicles to market.
The network will be based on the SIRVE (Intelligent System for Electric Vehicle Charging) intelligent EV recharging system developed by Acciona, working alongside its technological partners Indra and Ingeteam. This system is based around the concept of the installation of recharging points at a variety of locations, both private and public. The network is managed by an open internet-based platform that will allow the network to grow easily, both in volume terms and also by way of content and services.
Renault-Nissan says it will ensure that the network is compatible with electric vehicles and their navigation systems so that available charging points can be identified. It will offer the charging system as part of the sales package together with the vehicles.
To date, Renault-Nissan has signed over 50 cooperation agreements in advance of the launch of its electric vehicle range, and the manufacturer says that Spain plays a key role in its zero-emission vehicle strategy, thanks to Renault and Nissan's presence there at both an industrial and commercial level.
In October 2009 Renault announced that the production model derived from Twizy Z.E. Concept would be manufactured at the Valladolid plant. Several months later, the first Alliance agreement on vehicle tests at Barcelona Town Hall and on establishing an integral program for electric vehicles with the Regional Council of Andalusia was signed. A further agreement was signed in March 2010 with the Regional Council of Castilla y León.