Ibil and the Renault-Nissan Alliance today signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage the use of electric cars. The programme will be launched initially in the Basque Country and could later be extended throughout Spain.
The memorandum has been signed by Enrique Monasterio, Managing Director of Ibil, Jean-Pierre Laurent, Chief Executive Officer of Renault España and Javier Redondo, manager of the zero-emissions project by Nissan Iberia, S.A. The objective is to take advantage of Ibil’s experience in providing charging services for electric vehicles in households and companies by installing charging points approved by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The Executive Director of New Energy and Repsol Refining Spain, Josu Jon Imaz and EVE’s Managing Director, José Ignacio Hormaeche also attended this ceremony.
The Ibil charging point is a system that enables electric vehicles to be recharged in line with all safety and reliability guarantees. It has been designed specifically so that it can only be used with electric vehicles and will be permanently connected to the Ibil Control Centre to monitor charging, identify users and attend to possible incidents.
Work is also being carried out on other projects, such as the development of fast charging points, facilities for changing batteries in public places, services for accessing electricity when travelling abroad and the creation of a network of sales points for electric vehicle users.
The memorandum is part of Ibil’s aim to develop sustainable, environmentally-friendly charging services and Renault-Nissan’s zero-emissions strategy. This service adds to the growth of charging points in public places which Ibil is currently developing in the Basque Country. Ibil also certifies that all the electrical energy supplied to the vehicles is 100% renewable.
Repsol and the Basque Energy Agency created Ibil in October 2010, each owning a 50% share. The aim of the company is to design, construct and operate a network of integrated services for electric transport in the Basque Country, making up a network of 125 points by the end of 2011.
About Renault-Nissan Alliance
Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan. The companies have 350,000 employees and account for one in 10 new cars sold annually around the world. The Alliance is committed to developing a wide range of cars and trucks for consumers in every major price and size segment — including low-cost cars, urban commuter cars, commercial vans, premium vehicles and SUVs. The Alliance is the global auto industry leader in sustainable transportation and the only car group mass-producing zero-emission vehicles. For more details, visit: http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/.
Repsol, committed to new energy
With the aim of leading the energy supply sector in the long term, Repsol identifies, promotes and develops different business initiatives related to bioenergy, carbon reduction and renewable energy. One of these initiatives involves the positioning and knowledge of electric vehicles.
To do this, and in order to provide more transport guarantees, Repsol works with EVE through IBIL on the development of an electric vehicle charging network in the Basque Country, and intends to have 125 charging points in operation by the end of 2011.