Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Northern Ireland´s Department for Regional Development (DRD) and the Department of Environment (DOE) to facilitate the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK province.

The partnership will include the establishment of joint working teams to propose plans for an electric vehicles infrastructure network to help promote the development and use of EVs in the region.

Additionally, while DRD and DOE will consider incentives to make EVs easier for customers to buy and run, Renault-Nissan Alliance will share information and ideas relating to charging networks, energy supply and EV training.

Renault UK managing director Thierry Sybord said that the agreement with Northern Ireland provides a unique opportunity to explore cross-border collaboration with the Republic of Ireland and access to their 1,500 charging points in the South.

“This, coupled with the Northern Ireland Government’s commitment to renewable energy, makes Northern Ireland an ideal market for the Alliance’s range of zero emission 100% electric vehicles, including four Renault vehicles by 2012,” Sybord said.