On May 6th, Renault-Nissan became the latest European automaker to succumb to Mother Earth’s seductions with the official launch of the Zero Emissions Vehicles Program. Created in collaboration with the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA), and the Economic Development Board (EDB), Renault-Nissan’s new program is aimed at revolutionizing the EV industry in Singapore. Explained EMA Chief Executive Lawrence Wong, “EV development is an exciting new area particularly relevant to the Singapore context. Singapore is well-positioned for the deployment of EVs due to our relative small size, urban environment, robust electrical grid and IT infrastructure.”
Intending to use Singapore as a test meduim of sorts, Renault-Nissan’s EV taskforce will be charged (oh yes, pun totallyintended) with introducing and successfully maintaining and fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles. They key element of the exercise will be constructing a power grid and developing an easy-to-access grid of recharging stations, all of which is referred to as “test-bedding process.” If Renault-Nissan’s EV program is able to thrive in Singapore, the task force plans to expand their outreach to several metropolitan areas across the globe, including San Diego, CA, Tuscon, AZ, and Raleigh, NC.
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