Second-generation LEAF makes first Middle East appearance at Expo site
Expo 2020 Dubai has signed up car giant Nissan as its offiical automotive partner.
The agreement, signed at an event held at the Expo site, will see the Japanese firm provide the Expo 2020 fleet, including electric vehicles and next generation cars featuring advanced technologies.
The Expo 2020 fleet will total around a thousand Nissan vehicles to support both the preparations for and delivery of the event. The vehicles will range from sedans and SUVs to pick-up trucks and buses. They will be used for a variety of purposes, including construction, VIP visits and transport for participants and organisers.
Nissan will also provide support for the fleet, such as maintenance, roadside assistance, insurance and Expo 2020 fleet branding.
Also included in the is the second generation of its top selling electric car Nissan Leaf, which was unveiled for the first time in the Middle East at the event.
Expo 2020 will be the first major organisation in the Middle East to use the Nissan Leaf. It's hoped that learnings from the partnership will help accelerate the electrification of mobility in the region.
The deal was signed by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, and Kalyana Sivagnanam, President for Middle East and Regional Vice President for Africa, Middle East and India at Nissan.
“World Expos celebrate human ingenuity. We’re seeing that ingenuity making mobility more intelligent and more sustainable through electric vehicle technologies," Al Hashimy said.
“Nissan is at the forefront of these exciting changes and we’re delighted that they have become our official automotive partner to collaborate with us in this area, and to use Expo 2020 Dubai as a platform to show these transformative technologies to millions of people from around the world,” she added.
Nissan also showcased a premiere video of its BladeGlider electric concept car that will be exhibited at the Nissan booth at Dubai Motorshow, taking place from November 14-18, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Nissan joins a number of other global brands that are Premier Partners of Expo 2020 Dubai – including Emirates Airline, Accenture, DP World, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, SAP and Siemens.
Partnerships are an integral part of preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai, with some of the world’s most innovative firms helping to deliver World Expo.
More partnerships are expected to be announced in the coming months.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.