As a part of the agreement, the companies will analyze the technical integration (power interface, safety, and communications protocol) between Renault and Nissan’s electric vehicles and Enel’s recharging infrastructure.

The agreement will also require examination of the development of integrated product and service offerings for the customers of electric vehicles, analysis of various recharging technologies and the services associated to the charging infrastructure.

The agreement further calls for study of the entire battery life cycle, including the possible use of the battery as an energy storage system of energy produced from renewable sources in the second part of its life cycle and joint evaluation for development of pilot projects in areas to be identified in Italy, Spain and Latin America.

Renault-Nissan believes that replacing a conventional vehicle with an electric one not only reduces noise and air pollution locally, but also cuts down CO2 emissions by up to 45% through the current average efficiency of the generation park. If power produced from renewable and nuclear energy sources only was to be used, emissions will be practically zeroed.

Renault and Nissan, engaged in the development of electric vehicles and oriented towards mass commercialization of zero-emission mobility, will launch a complete range of four electric vehicles between 2010 and 2012.

They are the urban vehicle Twizy ZE, the compact hatchback Zoe ZE, the family hatchback Fluence ZE and the light commercial vehicle Kangoo ZE. In late 2010, Nissan will launch Leaf, an all-electric vehicle for the global mass market.