Nissan and the City of Toronto signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday in the hopes of promoting widespread adoption of electric vehicles on city streets.
The agreement will see Nissan supply electric vehicles for purchase within the city while municipal government will work to develop existing plans for a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
“The city will also continue to consider regulatory programs and bylaw changes to support the introduction and use of zero-emission vehicles,” a Nissan release said yesterday.
“Through this agreement, our partners at the City of Toronto have further demonstrated their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Allen Childs, president, Nissan Canada Inc.
“We look forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass market zero-emission vehicle to Toronto consumers before the end of next year.”
Mayor David miller said Toronto has already taken significant steps to green its corporate fleet, noting the city is a member of the C40 Electric Vehicle Network where14 of the world’s largest cities have agreed to take action to make their cities electric vehicle friendly.
The agreement also adds Toronto to a growing network of zero-emission vehicle initiatives across the world including partnerships in British Columbia and Quebec, as well as Mexico and Brazil.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed partnerships with over 60 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of electric vehicles worldwide.