DONG Energy and California-based Project Better
Place have announced a signed letter of intent aimed at
reducing CO2 emissions from the Danish
Together with Project Better Place, DONG Energy will work
on the further development of a project to give Danish consumers
access to buying environmentally friendly electric vehicles
(EVs) at attractive prices.
Within the next few years, Better Place Denmark is to introduce
environmentally friendly, battery driven EVs to the streets
of Denmark. Offering at least the same road-holding qualities
as fuel-based cars, EVs produce zero emission of CO2
and other exhaust gases.
"With this project, we hope to contribute substantially to
reducing CO2 emissions from Danish cars.
At the same time, we will achieve a new way of storing the
unstable electricity output from wind turbines, as EVs are
typically charged during the night, when the exploitation
of power generation is low. This provides optimum exploitation
of our resources for the benefit of the environment" - says
Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.
Through the Project Better Place and Renault-Nissan Alliance
partnership announced last January, Renault will provide Better
Place Denmark with the electric vehicles - thus achieving
the objective of zero emissions while, at the same time, offering
driving performances similar to a gasoline engine. Nissan,
through its joint venture with NEC of Japan, has created an
advanced lithium-ion battery pack that meets the requirements
of the electric vehicle and will be mass-produced.
The initial contact between Project Better Place and DONG
Energy was originated by Invest In Denmark. Both businesses
are members of the Copenhagen Climate Council, a forum of
leading business representatives, researchers and media persons
from all parts of the world working on establishing a global
agreement at the climate summit in Copenhagen and developing
innovative solutions to climate challenges.