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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Australia signs MoU for Nissan Leaf EV

Victoria has become the first Australian state to commit to working with car maker Nissan to promote electric vehicle technology, Environment, Climate Change and Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings announced today.

Mr Jennings today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Renault-Nissan Alliance following the launch in Japan of Nissan’s new battery-powered electric car, the LEAF.

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to explore the benefits of introducing and expanding electric vehicle technology to ensure Victoria has a sustainable environmental future and jobs growth that is driven by innovative ideas,” Mr Jennings said.

“This MoU formalises discussions with the Nissan Motor Company, which is a global leader in the development of electric vehicles. It also demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development of electric vehicle technologies.

“As the state with the biggest take-up of Green Power, Victoria is ideally placed to be at the forefront of the rollout of electric vehicles in Australia.

“As part of our $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, this Government will provide support for small-scale trials of emerging technologies such as electric vehicles, including cars, buses and taxis. It’s all part of our plan to achieve a cleaner and more sustainable state.”

Mr Jennings said the Brumby Labor Government’s support of electric vehicles is providing new opportunities to boost our state’s growth and create new jobs within the automotive industry.

Speaking in reference to its recent global launch event, Nissan Australia CEO Dan Thompson said Nissan is leading the world in the design and production of a battery-powered, family-sized car and intends to have the vehicle on sale in Australia by 2012.

“Today’s announcement of the signing of a strategic MoU with the Brumby Labor Government brings that reality closer,” Mr Thompson said.

“Nissan recognises the importance of sustainability by limiting CO2 emissions and we are ready and able to partner governments in pursuing that goal.”

Industry and Trade Minister Martin Pakula said the Brumby Labor Government was working closely with companies, unions, and the Commonwealth Government to ensure a sustainable future for the automotive industry in Victoria.

“The automotive industry employs close to 34,000 Victorians and we are working with companies and stakeholders to secure jobs and to develop and retain critical skills and capabilities in Victoria,” Mr Pakula said.

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