Nissan North America (NNA) is partnering with Clean Cities-Atlanta (CC-A), a coalition of federal, state and local agencies focused on promoting the use of alternative fuel in automotives, to encourage the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and an electric-charging network.

The partnership between NNA and CC-A will include collaboration to promote an EV infrastructure and coordination for the establishment of policies to help streamline the deployment, operation and maintenance of a charging network in Atlanta.

Nissan, which along with its alliance partner Renault has formed partnerships with more than 80 governments, cities and other organizations to advance the deployment of EVs, plans to make the global debut of the Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle designed for the mass market, in the US in 2011.

The Nissan Leaf, a five-passenger electric car, has a top speed of 90mph and is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which provide the car with a range of 100 miles on a single charge as tested on the LA4 test cycle.

Nissan vice president of corporate planning and program management office Eric Noziere said that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is committed to becoming a global leader in EVs, and Clean Cities-Atlanta has shown similar leadership through their progressive policies and focus on clean energy.

“This agreement further demonstrates the commitment by Atlanta to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to bringing the zero-emission Nissan LEAF to the roads of metropolitan Atlanta,” Noziere said.