The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance the world leader in zero-emission mobility and the General Secretary in charge of the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP21) will see the electric car fleet shuttle delegates during the event, which takes place from November 30 to December 11.
More than 20,000 U.N. participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the annual climate summit and will mark the first time the U.N. has used a zero-emission fleet for its entire passenger car shuttle at a COP event.
The goals of the Paris summit are to have a new global climate-change agreement in place by the end of 2015 and to have the Climate Green Fund, established to help developing countries adapt to climate change and reduce emissions, start allocating funds.
The COP21 car fleet will feature the Renault ZOE, the Renault Kangoo ZE van, the Renault Fluence ZE saloon, the Nissan Leaf and the seven-seater Nissan e-NV200 van. The vehicles will be available to shuttle delegates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to key venues around the conference, as a complement to public transportation.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will work with companies in France to set up a network of more than 50 standard charging stations powered by 100 per cent renewable energy in strategic locations. The quick charging stations will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80 per cent capacity in around 30 minutes.
Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs, international development and president of COP21, said: "We are delighted to announce that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official partner of COP21 in Paris. Thanks to the Alliance's fleet of 100 per cent electric vehicles, it will contribute to our goal of achieving a carbon neutral event. The technology of electric vehicles helps reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector efficiently."
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, added: "Electric vehicle technology is an efficient solution for a practical and affordable mode of transportation. This solution has a positive impact on the climate and air quality in our cities. It's time to accelerate the shift to zero-emission mobility by working together with all parties concerned."