The city of Amsterdam has signed a definitive agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to encourage electric vehicles and promote zero-emission mobility, with the aim to register at least 1,000 EV sales in the region by the end of 2011.

The partnership aims to achieve this target with the delivery of 100 Nissan Leafs to fleet customers beginning in February 2011, electric compact family cars to individual customers in June 2011, with Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Express Z.E electric vehicles from Renault following on close heels.

To stimulate EV demand, Amsterdam has introduced several incentives, including free electricity at public charging posts until March 2012 and national incentives, including zero registration tax and zero road tax to enable customers to buy Nissan Leaf for less than EUR30,000 including battery.

The Alliance and Amsterdam will also join forces to establish a sales and service network for the cars in the Amsterdam area and run an Electric Mobility Education Program to promote the positive benefits of zero-emission travel.

The city has already set up almost 100 EV charging points in public areas since November 2009 and plans to install a ‘Quick Charger’ and up to 2,000 additional charging points with finances from the Air Quality Fund through contribution from the government.

Renault Netherlands managing director Jean Renaux said that with this agreement, Renault aims to create awareness about electric mobility in general and is confident that this initiative for electric mobility in Amsterdam will be followed by other Dutch communities.