Manitoba Partners With Nissan Canada In EV Initiative
Being first-to-market does not guarantee you sales success, but it does open doors of opportunity to establish a leading position. Nissan LEAF is the first and only mass-marketed vehicle currently available that boasts an all-electric drivetrain. While other automakers are soon to invade on the LEAF’s all-electric space, Nissan Canada is taking advantage of the early momentum.
Nissan Canada has reached a preliminary agreement (memo of understanding) with the Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro, to partner together on a battery charging infrastructure initiative. This partnership also includes a program to promote the adoption and use of all-electric, zero-emission vehicles in Manitoba.
“We continue to be encouraged by the ongoing interest of partners like the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro to find ways to encourage the adoption of zero emission vehicles,” said Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada, Inc. “As a manufacturer we can provide innovative vehicles that Canadians love and want to drive, but governments and utilities play an important role in helping build the infrastructure support for electric vehicles that will make a roll-out of the Nissan LEAF in Manitoba possible.”
“Manitoba has a roadmap for a fossil fuel-free future and this agreement is another milestone along that pathway,” said the Honourable David Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines with the Province of Manitoba. “Electric vehicles could present a significant opportunity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba and benefit our economy by allowing us to replace imported fossil fuel with our own clean, renewable hydroelectricity as an affordable energy source for our cars.”
“We continue to work closely with the public and private sector to form partnerships to promote electric vehicle use in Manitoba,” said Bob Brennan, Manitoba Hydro President and CEO. “Understanding the grid requirements needed to support EVs will ensure Manitoba Hydro can reliably meet these requirements and provide for the future of electric mobility in our province.”
Canada is the largest producer of renewable hydroelectricity in the world making up over 60% of our power generation, so we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this growing push to adopt electric vehicles. Expect more of these types of partnerships at both the provincial and federal level in the months and years to come.
The Nissan LEAF will have an MSRP of $38,395 and is expected to hit select Canadian showrooms starting this fall.
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