A three-way partnership has been formed between Nissan, Raleigh-based Progress Energy and Raleigh-based nonprofit Advanced Energy. The coalition seeks to facilitate the development of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

The May 1 announcement is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s zero-emission mobility initiative. Nissan plans to introduce zero-emission vehicles in the United States in 2010, starting with a 5-passenger compact vehicle that will have a range of 100 miles on a single charge.

"Our partners in Raleigh share our goals of working together towards making the region plug-in ready for the introduction of electric vehicles next year," said Dominique Thormann, senior vice president, administration and finance, Nissan North America. "This partnership is an important step in making zero-emissions mobility a reality."

The partnership will work to coordinate the establishment of policies and help streamline the deployment of an EV infrastructure. Nissan also has agreed to make available a supply of EVs to Progress Energy.

"We believe that electric vehicles and other alternative energy technologies are critical parts of confronting the new energy realities," said Bill Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy. Johnson is also the co-chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s CEO Task force on Electric Transportation.

Advanced Energy will concentrate facilitating working teams made up of governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as private partners to work towards achieving the common goals of the initiative. The organization will also provide testing and validation of related charging infrastructure and charge management technologies.