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Central China city to embrace Renault-Nissan's EV in 2011

The Renault–Nissan Alliance and the government of the central China city of Wuhan signed a definitive agreement last week on the introduction of the alliance's electric vehicles into the city.

Nissan's new electric vehicles 'Leaf'

Under the agreement, the first batch of 25 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles will be brought into Wuhan beginning in 2011, a spokesperson with Nissan Motor (China) told Automotive News China. 

The Wuhan Government will build 250 EV chargers and two quick chargers in the city to support vehicle operations in selected areas. 

Additionally, Nissan and the Wuhan Government have also pledged to work together to promote the city's EV program.

Wuhan is one of 13 pilot cities with alternative energy vehicle programs supported by the Chinese government. It is also the first Chinese city to partner with the Renault-Nissan alliance on introducing electric vehicles in China. 

An affordable EV developed for the global mass market, the Leaf is scheduled to go on sale in Japan, the United States and Europe in late 2010.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the medium-size hatchback seats five adults and has a range of more than 160km (100 miles), according to information released by the Renault-Nissan.

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