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Renault-Nissan Delivers Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

zero emissionsFor an upcoming summit on climate change held in Paris, called the COP21 (Conference of Parties), Renault and Nissan have volunteered their services. Providing LEAF, ZOE, and e-NV200 electric and alternative fuel models as shuttles, the automakers give conference attendees the ability to get around while still being eco-friendly.

According to Nissan, over two hundred employees will promote Renault-Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After completing a course on safe driving and EV technology, these employees are set to man 200 pure-electric vehicles.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

Why is this important? Renault-Nissan seeks to demonstrate that electric and alternative energy are not radical ideas anymore. Electric vehicles can be practical, easy to use, and even fun. While areas like Paris have electric charge ports and electric rental vehicles, other countries have been slower to adopt such technologies.

LEAF Has an Alter Ego as a Mini Pickup Truck

Nissan has turned its ecofriendly LEAF into a mini pickup truck, and it is sensational! Snipping off basically the entire rear end of the car, the brand added an adjusted Nissan Frontier pickup bed to the back.

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2014 Nissan LEAF

The revolutionary tiny pickup is named Sparky, which is fitting for a car with so much pizzazz. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be made a part of Nissan’s repertoire, at least not yet. Fox News seems to think that Sparky has a real chance, saying, “The last time a few of (Nissan’s) engineers got crazy and stuffed the twin-turbo all-wheel-drive powertrain from the GT-R into a Juke, it ended up being so popular that they offered a limited run.”  If Sparky had the same option to become available to consumers, there is little doubt that the mini pickup truck would be available for more than just a short time. Better yet, it would be a completely electric truck!

Fingers crossed that Sparky makes it out onto roads in the near future. It could start an era of efficient micro trucks. In the meantime, head on over to Blackburn Nissan and try out some of our familiar, reliable models!