Milton Keynes Council and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have set out a road map for the roll-out of electric vehicles and infrastructure in the Borough.
A Definitive Agreement forms part of the council’s Low Carbon Living agenda which aims to put Milton Keynes at the forefront of low carbon living nationally and internationally.
Last year, Milton Keynes signed up to the Joined-Cities Plan which will create a network of vehicle recharging points across the country. Earlier this year, Milton Keynes Council secured funding through the Government’s £30-million Plugged-in-Places scheme to help build the charging infrastructure.
Today’s agreement details the commitments that both parties are making in order to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in Milton Keynes: the council will support the development of a network of charging posts and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will make electric vehicles available for the public to buy.
Under the agreement, Milton Keynes Council will facilitate the installation of 430 electric vehicle charging points in a mixture of public and private locations in the city, plus up to two thousand points in homes. Drivers will receive local incentives to switch to electric vehicles, such as free charging and free parking at city centre posts, as well as national Government incentives which could include up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric car.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, in its partnership with Milton Keynes, has agreed to place priority on requests for electric vehicles in the UK from Milton Keynes.
Nissan will supply the Nissan LEAF , the world’s first affordable electric vehicle for the global mass market. The LEAF will go on sale in Japan, the US and select markets in Europe in late 2010 and will be available in Milton Keynes from early 2011.
Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, the medium-size hatchback seats five adults and has a range of 100 miles. European technical support for the launch of LEAF will be centered at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Cranfield, which is located close to Milton Keynes and is part of Nissan’s global vehicle design and development network and home to Nissan’s 750-strong UK design, development and support team.
Renault’s launch into the zero-emission electric vehicle arena begins in mid-2011 with the launch of two models from an initial four-model affordable Z.E. family. The two models are the Kangoo Van Z.E. , a light commercial vehicle, and the two-seater city car Twizy Z.E. In 2012, the four-door Fluence Z.E. and the five-door supermini Zoe Z.E. will be launched.