The Renault-Nissan Alliance has landed a five-year contract to provide Paris-based food company Danone with a 15,000-vehicle fleet. This is a first-of-its-kind deal for the alliance, a 12-year-old strategic partnership between the two major automakers.
A full range of vehicles will be provided to Danone in 25 countries, the alliance said. Danone fleet managers can select vehicles from four brands under the Renault-Nissan Alliance: Renault, Dacia, Nissan and Infiniti. The products range from passenger cars to commercial vehicles, including electric models.
The highest volume of cars provided in the fleet will be in Russia, Mexico and France.
The electric Nissan Leaf, which has a combined efficiency of 99 miles-per-gallon equivalent, is among those models that will be offered. Renault also offers a number of electric vehicle models, such as the Kangoo ZE, Fluence ZE and Twizy, and will introduce its ZOE EV by the end of the year, the company said.
The Kangoo ZE electric vans have been snapped up in other Renault fleet contracts. Last year, 19 French companies, including GDF Suez, Air France and Veolia, agreed to buy 15,637 Renault Kangoo electric vans for four years.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance last month provided a fleet of electric vehicles to shuttle United Nations delegates at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The conference marked the first time the UN used a dedicated zero-emissions car fleet for its delegates.
Also last month, Nissan said it was installing the first of 400 free fast battery chargers in Europe. A 40-unit network will be installed throughout the Netherlands, leaving most Dutch motorists within 20 miles of its quick chargers. Another 40 chargers will be placed in France. The quick chargers have a direct current design that conforms to the ChadMo charging standard. They can be made compatible with Renault’s AC 43kW fast charging station.
Danone recently broke into the top 10 of Interbrand’s 2012 Best Global Green Brands report. The food company was ranked No. 14 the previous year.