Renault-Nissan Alliance Shuttling COP22 Delegates in All-Electric Vehicles

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will be providing 50 all-electric vehicles to transport delegates at the upcoming COP22 Climate Conference.

More than 25,000 participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the climate change conference, being held Nov. 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco. They’ll have access to a Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, and the seven-seat Nissan e-NV200 van.

The electric vehicles will complement public transportation, and will be available for rides 24 hours a day during the conference. It marks the second time zero-emissions vehicles will be used to shuttle attendees at a United Nations conference, according to the Renault-Nissan Alliance press release. The Alliance provided a fleet of 200 EVs at COP21 in Paris last year.

Drivers will have access to a network of more than 20 “accelerated and standard charging stations at strategic locations.” The fast chargers will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80 percent in about an hour. For the Nissan vehicles, these will be CHAdeMO fast chargers. The Renault Zoe uses what the company calls a “Type 2” fast charger, which allows for AC and DC charging at high power using the same connector.

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Renault says it’s the only major automaker to market fully electric range of vehicles in Morocco. Renault-Nissan also takes pride in powering its Tangier, Morocco plant with renewable resources for thermal energy and purchased electricity.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance is proud to contribute to COP22 by providing a fleet of 50 100 percent electric vehicles,” said Marc Nassif, managing director of Renault Morocco Group and Alliance COP22 leader. “This technology, coupled with an increasingly decarbonized electric mix, is the solution for individual mobility to address the issue of global warming and enhance air quality in our cities.”

The Alliance prides itself on being “the global leader in zero-emission vehicles.” The global automaker has sold more than 360,000 EVs worldwide, with the Nissan Leaf still at the lead as world’s top seller, followed by the Renault Zoe as number one in Europe. The other Renault models include the Twizy quadricycle, Kangoo Z.E. van, and Fluence Z.E. sedan. The Nissan e-NV200 van has been on sale in Europe and Japan since 2014.

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