Nissan In Electric Car Tie-Up With
San Diego Utility
Mar 24, 2009 - Planetark - Reuters
DETROIT - Nissan Motor Co said on Monday it has
formed a partnership with utility company San Diego
Gas & Electric to develop an infrastructure that
would provide charging stations for electric car
Nissan and its Japanese partner have teamed up
with several US states including Tennessee and Oregon
as well as governments in Japan, Israel, Denmark
and Portugal over the past year to study the infrastructure
needed to support the roll-out of electric cars
starting in 2010.
Such initiatives are considered critical for electric
car drivers so they do not have to return home when
their vehicles are low on power.
Nissan, which trails Japanese rivals Toyota Motor
Corp and Honda Motor Co in hybrid technology, has
made it a priority to become a leader in the still
emerging market for fully electric vehicles.
Under the latest tie-up, Nissan and San Diego Gas
& Electric will develop plans to develop a charging
infrastructure for electric vehicles and work to
implement and maintain a battery charging network,
the automaker said.
Nissan plans to launch zero emission vehicles powered
by lithium-ion battery packs in the United States
in 2010 and market the vehicles globally two years
after the US launch.
The automaker has said the cruising range for its
first generation of electric cars could be 100 miles,
but the company would look to boost that to near
200 miles by the second generation of the battery
. (Reporting by Soyoung Kim; Editing by Brian Moss)
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