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The Renault-Nissan Alliance presents its electric cars COP17 in Durban (AFSU)

For the first time, a fleet of zero emission vehicles manufactured in series runs on African roads.

A dozen electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan comes illustrate the advantages of ecological transport and ensure zero emission shuttle services for the representatives of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Durban (Africa South) from 28 November to 9 December 2011. The 17th annual Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention (more known as COP17) aims to "stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate. "

The electric vehicles, rechargeable from completely renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind energy, will contribute decisively to achieve the goals of COP17 and reduce the impact of climate change.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the world's leading provider of electric vehicle technology and the only group in the world to offer a range of vehicles that consumes no fossil fuel. The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to sell 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2016.

Nissan has already sold more than 20,000 LEAF on three continents, making it the world's most popular electric vehicle. Renault just market its light commercial vehicle, Kangoo ZE Family sedan Fluence Z.E. will soon be on the market and will be followed next year of the two-seater Twizy Urban and ZOE compact sedan.

The electric vehicles of the Alliance tests

On the occasion of COP17, the Alliance offers tests Renault Twizy, urban vehicle has fun driving with the battery can be recharged at any conventional electrical outlet. COP17 offers the public the first opportunity to test drive the Twizy, a real antidote to the noise pollution and atmospheric which are some of the victims of the largest cities in the world. Tests Twizy place in the legendary South African stage, Moses Mabhida Stadium, for the duration of the conference.

COP17 has also been an opportunity to have a taste of the very popular Nissan LEAF Car of the year 2011 and the premium sedan Renault Fluence ZE These two vehicles are shuttles to the representatives of the COP17. They are also available for test drives.

Throughout the duration of the conference, the stand of the Alliance, located in Exhibition Response to climate change close the International Congress Centre (ICC) Durban, welcomed all persons wishing to perform a test. The road test consists of a round trip between the Expo site and the mythical Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The become the leader in the production of clean energy on the continent of South Africa aims. The country plans to build one of the largest solar plants in the world, an ambitious project that would enhance access to electricity while reducing the dependence of the area in respect of fossil fuels. Giant mirrors and solar panels should equip Cape Province du Nord, part of the 3% of the sunniest regions in the world.

"The Renault-Nissan Alliance warmly welcomes the initiatives of South Africa and other nations represented at the conference COP17 to reduce the threats of Global warming on our environment and our standard of living," said Hideaki Watanabe, Vice President and Director General Nissan Renault for zero emission vehicles. "The Alliance wishes to participate in solutions for a sustainable society. Our electric vehicles that consume no fuel whatsoever, represent an economic and efficient solution to reduce the CO2 emissions significantly. "

Nissan announced its intention to market the Nissan LEAF in South Africa in 2013, subject to a favorable outcome to the talks between the government and the auto industry on the establishment of a charging infrastructure and the introduction of incentives for customers.

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