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The Renault-Nissan Alliance to Challenge Bibendum with 100% electric vehicles

- Renault Fluence Z.E. & Nissan LEAF will be tested in Berlin -

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will for the first time to honor the electric vehicle at the Challenge Bibendum, which starts on May 18 in Berlin.

Created and sponsored by Michelin, this 11th edition of Challenge Bibendum devoted to the future of sustainable mobility brings together more than 5,000 people for 5 days. Political representatives, professionals, industry players and sciences as well as journalists from around the world will discuss the challenges facing the world of mobility of tomorrow.

In addition to forums, debates and technological exhibitions, Challenge Bibendum, which starts this year on May 18, offers rallies on representative path of "real conditions".

One of the flagship events will rally "Inter-city" of 300 km on which the family sedan Renault Fluence ZE compare energy performance to those of hundreds of other competitors vehicles. The total travel distance exceeding the autonomy of electric vehicle, drivers will perform a change of batteries mid-term, showing that the electric mobility is not restricted to the city.

Nissan LEAF, currently sold in Japan, North America and some European markets, will participate in other events, including urban rally 30 km. The acceleration, handling braking, noise levels and fuel economy will be tested under the watchful eyes of the German automobile club ADAC. Recently named Car of the year 2011, this small hatchback also participate in a rally to reserve 125 km electric vehicles.

Nissan LEAF and Renault Fluence Z.E. take part in both the parade in Berlin (May 19). They will also be made available to the press and public for the dynamic tests. Driving the Renault Fluence ZE, visitors will have the opportunity to compare their eco-driving skills to those of Renault drivers engaged on the Challenge.

"The Challenge Bibendum has put the necessary honor at the bus mobility of tomorrow that is" clean, safe and connected "vehicles," says Thierry Koskas, Program Director at Renault Electric Vehicle, speaking on behalf of the Alliance. "Renault Fluence Z.E. and Nissan LEAF fully materialize these three values. The Alliance is a the forefront of electric vehicle technology and the Challenge Bibendum is for us an ideal platform to show what is what the future of mobility of people. "

The becoming leader of the zero emission mobility Alliance aims. It will by 2015 the capacity to produce 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries at its plants, allowing it to become the only automotive group on the planet operating in this sector this scale.

The two companies have also entered into more than 90 partnerships with governments, municipalities or other companies around the world, so that the measures of incentives and the necessary infrastructure to the adoption of such vehicles are in place .

Notes to editors:

• The first edition of Challenge Bibendum was held in Paris in 1998. This event is then unwound in other European capitals, as well as America, China, Japan and Brazil. Organized at Tempelhof Berlin May 18 to 22, the 2011 edition is the 11th of its kind.

• Since its commercialization in Japan, North America and Europe last year, the Nissan LEAF has received numerous awards, including the titles of World Car and European Car of the Year 2011.

This zero emission vehicle is powered by an alternating current motor of 80 kW and a torque of 280 Nm, which can reach the speed of 145 km / h. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery-rolled developed by Nissan and a power greater than 90 kW. Full charge, the car has a radius of about 175 km (NEDC).

• Renault Fluence Z.E. and Renault Kangoo Z.E. will be marketed in Europe next fall at the same price as their thermal equivalents. Renault Twizy will be released at the end of the year and Renault ZOE is expected for the middle of next year. Prototypes Z.E. Fluence, Kangoo Z.E. Twizy and roll already and already in Europe, as part of an extensive test program.

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