Together, the vehicles are expected to cover more than 400,000 km, emitting zero emissions while shuttling delegates during the 21st annual COP. More than 20,000 U.N. participants from 195 countries are expected to attend COP21 summit at the end of November.
The COP21 car fleet features the Renault ZOE subcompact car, Nissan LEAF compact car and Nissan e-NV200 7-seater. The vehicles are tasked to shuttle delegates 24 hours, seven days a week to and from the Le Bourget conference venue and act as support vehicles to public transportation.
For the first time the U.N. is utilizing zero-emission vehicles or 100% electric vehicles fleet for passenger shuttle services at a major conference event. The electric cars will be driven by a team of 200 professional drivers and 200 volunteers from Renault and Nissan. In June, the Renault-Nissan Alliance launched a call for volunteers to allow employees in and around the City of Lights the opportunity to be volunteer drivers for COP21. The response received had been overwhelming with more than 450 employees applying prior to the deadline. The 200 successful Renault and Nissan applicants, as well as the professional drivers, will undergo a rigorous training program in preparation for the upcoming summit.
In addition, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will set up network of 90 quick and standard charging stations in strategic locations with French electric utility company EDF. The residual emissions will be offset under an accredited U.N. carbon offsetting program. The quick charging stations will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.
On a global scale, the Alliance has delivered more than 274,000 electric vehicles around the globe. That figure accounted for half of all EVs on the road since its first electric vehicle Nissan LEAF went on sale in late 2010.