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Agreement between Enel, Endesa and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop Electric


16 Apr 2010


Innovation & Enterprise

Agreement signed in Paris for the joint development of integrated
solutions for electric mobility.

• According to the agreement, Enel in Italy and Endesa in Spain and
Latin America will work jointly with the Renault-Nissan Alliance on
projects for the development of zero emission mobility.

Paris, April 9th 2010 – Enel, Endesa and the Renault-Nissan Alliance subscribed a
Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing electric mobility across several
geographical areas.

The agreement was signed yesterday evening between Fulvio Conti, CEO and General
Manager of Enel, Patrick Pélata, COO of Renault Group, and Hideaki Watanabe,
Alliance Managing Director of Zero Emission Business Unit, within the framework of
the Fifth France-Italy governments summit led by Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The agreement calls for:

• analysis of the technical integration (power interface, safety, and
communications protocol) between Renault and Nissan’s electric vehicles and
Enel’s recharging infrastructure;

• 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;

• 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;

• joint evaluation for development of pilot projects in areas to be identified in
Italy, Spain and Latin America.

Electric mobility has enormous potential for environmental improvement in urban
transport. Replacing a conventional vehicle with an electric one not only reduces
drastically noise and air pollution locally, but also cuts down CO2 emissions by up to
45% through the current average efficiency of the Italian generation fleet. If power
produced from renewable and nuclear energy sources only was to be used, emissions
would be practically zeroed.

Renault and Nissan are strongly engaged in the development of electric vehicles and
oriented towards mass commercialization of zero-emission mobility, as a sustainable
mobility solution for the near future. Between 2011 and 2012, Renault will launch a
complete range of 4 electric vehicles: the urban vehicle TWIZY Z.E., the compact
hatchback ZOE Z.E., the family hatchback FLUENCE Z.E. and the light commercial
vehicle KANGOO Z.E. In late 2010, Nissan will launch LEAF, the world’s first
affordable all-electric vehicle for the global mass market. Sales will begin in the US,
Japan and select markets in Europe before global mass marketing in 2012.
Enel actively plays a leading role domestically and is involved in the major European
boards and projects for standardization and technological development. The company
is also developing its own smart recharging infrastructure system based on digital
metering technology, of which it is a global leader thanks to the installation of more
than 32 million smart meters in Italy. Enel is also developing additional offers and
services making electric mobility increasingly practical, accessible and convenient.
Endesa is firmly committed to the development of sustainable transport model based
on the electric vehicle as one of the main routes of Endesa in its combat against
climate change as reflected in its Strategic Plan for Sustainability 2008-2012.


The Renault group, present in 118 countries, designs, develops, produces and sells
passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under three brands, Renault, Dacia and
Renault Samsung Motors.
To succeed in the new ecological and economic challenges facing the automotive
industry, Renault is working on two fronts: the improvement of existing technology
with new generations of carbon-efficient engines and the “zero-emission” program.
Renault will launch a “zero-emission” range of three vehicles in 2011, followed by a
fourth in 2012. This line-up will make innovation accessible to all. With its partner
Nissan, Renault aims to become the world leader in the mass marketing of zeroemission


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., founded in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1933,
has 31 vehicle manufacturing plants worldwide and offers products and services in
more than 190 countries, selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs
and light commercial vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Nissan
employs 151,430 people worldwide.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, formed in 1999, sold 6,085,058 vehicles in 2009. It is
pursuing its objective to rank in the world’s top three carmakers in terms of quality,
technology and reliability. As part of its zero-emission strategy, it works with
governments, municipal authorities, energy specialists and other partners. Thus far
the Alliance has signed more than 50 agreements worldwide aimed at preparing
markets and infrastructures for the mass launch of electric vehicles starting in 2011.


Enel is Italy’s largest power company, and Europe’s second listed utility by installed
capacity. It is an integrated player which produces, distributes and sells electricity and
gas. After the acquisition of the Spanish utility Endesa, Enel is now present in 23
countries with over 96,000 MW and serves 60.8 million power and gas customers.
Listed on the Milan stock exchange since 1999, Enel is the Italian company with the
highest number of shareholders, some 1.2 million retail and institutional investors, in
2008. Enel is also the second-largest Italian operator in the natural gas market, with
approximately 2.7 million customers and a 10% market share in terms of volumes.


Endesa is the leading electricity company in Spain, the first private electricity company
in Latin America and has a strong position in the Mediterranean basin, with a growing
presence in various segments of the natural gas market in Spain and Portugal. It
reaches an installed capacity of 36,640 MW, with 25 million customers and 26,300
employees. Seventh utility in the world by enterprise value, Endesa has assets valued
at 60 billion euros. Endesa has opted for a model of sustainable enterprise. In Spain
the company is already working in the electrical mobility deployments (Plan MOVELE)
in Madrid and Barcelona, in major technology initiatives (Cenit VERDE, G4V and
ELVIRE consortium, and REVE @ DER22 projects) ENDESA is also already working on
projects for energy storage in batteries, through the STORE consortium.

Press Contacts:

  • Enel

Tel. +39 06 83055699
Fax +39 06 83053771

  • Endesa

Press Office

Cristina García López

Tel. +34 912130984

Mob. +34 610.598.790


  • Renault SAS

Rochelle Chimenes

Corporate Press Officer


Tel. +33 1 76 84 64 69


  • Nissan Europe

Mia Nielsen


Tel. +33 1 30 13 66 44


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