Renault Nissan and Japan Ryokan to develop EV charging infrastructure

Nissan and All Japan Ryokan Association today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperatively promote the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures in hotels affiliated with the association and initiate a study in creating new demand in the hotel industry together with the promotion of EV.

Under the MOU, the partnership will initiate a joint-study focused on several areas including:

* Providing concurrent information on charging stations, vacancies in hotels and an instant reservation service.

* Information delivery service on charging stations and hotels nationwide.

* Provide new services in cooperation with map information providers and operators of hotel reservation websites.

“By installing charging facilities in about 18,000 hotels all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, we will be able to greatly contribute to tourists.” said Nobuyuki Sato, President, All Japan Ryokan Association.

“It is important for them to be able to charge EV during their stay so that they can continue their travel with EV. It will appeal to them by giving a sense of assurance and confidence. With this partnership with Nissan which our business partner, DIO Japan, introduced us, we want to demonstrate that hotels in Japan, greatly contribute to a low-carbon society.”

The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. To-date the Alliance has signed zero-emission partnerships with more than 40 governments, municipalities and companies worldwide. Nissan will introduce the LEAF electric car in Japan, the United States and Europe in late FY2010 followed by global mass marketing in 2012.

Source: Nissan.

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