Electric vehicles ready to share with Nova Scotians

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Electric vehicles ready to share with Nova Scotians

November 3, 2011

The Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power and Nissan Canada Announce Partnership to Promote Electric Mobility

Halifax, NS – Today Nova Scotia Power in cooperation with Nissan Canada and O’Regan’s Nissan Halifax announced the launch of ShareReady, an exciting new electric vehicle pilot program. Nova Scotia Power has secured 10 all-electric Nissan LEAF™ vehicles for shared use by organizations in Nova Scotia.

“This program is about being ready for all-electric cars,” said Robin McAdam, Executive Vice President, Sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “Through this partnership with Nissan Canada and O’Regan’s Nissan, Nova Scotia Power will be better able to prepare our system for broader adoption of this technology and expose Nova Scotians to the fuel economy and other benefits of electric transportation options.”

As part of the pilot program, Nova Scotia Power is incorporating two Nissan LEAFs™ into its own fleet. The remaining vehicles will be deployed by partner organizations. To date these include CBCL Limited and Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. O’Regan’s Nissan Halifax will distribute and service the pilot program vehicles.

“We congratulate the Province and Nova Scotia Power on their commitment to electric mobility and we’re pleased to support the launch of the ShareReady demonstration program by ensuring the availability of the Nissan LEAF to participants,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada. “It’s important for electric vehicle manufacturers and provincial utilities to partner to develop awareness of electric vehicles and through this program, Nova Scotia Power will be able to study how electric vehicles are used in this province.”

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power and Nissan Canada was also announced at the event committing the partners to work together to build awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles.

"Government is excited to be working with industry partners like Nova Scotia Power and Nissan to explore the potential for electric vehicles in Nova Scotia," said NS Energy Minister Charlie Parker. "We are working towards a new era in energy self-sufficiency, sustainability and affordability in Nova Scotia. Today’s announcement is another milestone on that journey."

The Nissan LEAF™ is the world’s first mass-market, all-electric car and will begin arriving in Nova Scotia later this month for distribution to pilot program partners. O’Regan’s Nissan Halifax, which recently became the first LEAF™ certified dealership in Atlantic Canada, currently has the 2011 World Car of the Year available for consumer test drives.

By purchasing or leasing a vehicle, ShareReady partner organizations will help NS Power answer questions about the convenience of vehicle charging, the readiness of the provincial electric grid to support wider adoption of electric transportation, the cost of driving electric vehicles and how the vehicles perform. Nova Scotia Power will provide assistance to each partner in the selection and installation of a vehicle charging station, to be some of the first in Atlantic Canada. Partner opportunities are still available by contacting NS Power by November 30.

“We’re very excited to see the Nissan LEAF™ in Nova Scotia and are looking forward to offering this revolutionary vehicle in a marketplace that will be ready and waiting for them,” said Sean O’Regan, O’Regan’s Nissan Halifax.

The environmental benefits of electric vehicles were examined by Dr. Larry Hughes, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Dalhousie University. The study found that with the fuel sources used by NS Power in 2010 to generate electricity, the Nissan LEAF™ produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the most fuel-efficient conventional vehicle in its class.

To read more about the ShareReady pilot program, or to view Dr. Hughes’ full report, visit shareready.nspower.ca.

About the Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF™ is the world’s first mass-marketed all-electric car made for the real-world driving needs of consumers and was named the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback with ample cargo space and seating for five adults comfortably. With a range of 160 kilometres (EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge, Nissan LEAF provides 90% of Canadians with the range needed for daily commutes. With a 240 volt home charging dock full charge is achieved in seven hours, and with a Level 3 Quick Charger, 80% charge can be achieved in just 26 minutes.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF generates 107 horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. Because there’s no traditional engine, Nissan LEAF is ultra-quiet and for safety reasons a sound had to be added so pedestrians could hear the car coming. In April, Nissan LEAF was awarded a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The instrument panel provides the driver with regular updates on range and driving efficiency, and using a telematics system called CARWINGS, the driver can communicate with the car via a smart phone with the ability to turn on the air conditioning or heat remotely, and manage and monitor charging.

More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.

About Nova Scotia Power

Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides more than 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 486,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,900 employees and $3.5 billion in assets. To learn more, visit www.nspower.ca.

About Nissan Canada

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 171 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

About O’Regan’s Automotive Group

O’Regan’s Automotive Group owns and operates 14 locations and 19 brands in Nova Scotia including two Nissan, three Toyota, two Hyundai, two Kia, Infiniti, Lexus, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Mercedes, Scion, Subaru and Smart as well as two used car centres, O’Regan’s National Leasing, two collision centres, two detailing centres and a car rental company.

O’Regan’s employs a team of 700 employees, is led by one of Atlantic Businesses Top 50 CEO’s and is among Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.