On the Road
The number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road in Turkey is increasing. Although the total fleet of vehicles on the road is about 15 million, there are only an estimated 400 HEVs among them (the Honda Civic hybrid and Toyota Prius).
The Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a zero emission partnership agreement on March 12,, 2011.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aimed at establishing a partnership to promote and implement electric vehicles in Gaziantep. The partnership program will cover:
Deployment in the Gaziantep municipality of a charging network for electric vehicles which will be launched in 2011
Rollout of corresponding services and developments
The lease of 50 electric vehicles for the fleet of the municipality’s services of Gaziantep
It is the third MOU signed by the Alliance in Turkey: the first was signed with Istanbul Enerji, a subsidiary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and the second with Ankara Metropolitan Municipality.
The parties have decided to launch preliminary work with a view to encouraging the promotion of electric vehicles in order to reduce CO2 emissions and the effects of climate warming. A working group will be set up to:
Multiply the number of projects that could favor the use of electric vehicles in Gaziantep, especially those focused on charging networks
Install and develop a network of charging stations for electric vehicles
Develop special projects for fleets, public spaces and cities
Analyze the regulations on installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality has also announced that it will acquire a fleet of 100 electric vehicles. Initially, the charging stations will be located at the municipality buildings. The next step will be to install charging stations at different locations of Ankara.