Nissan and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the utility company operating in the San Diego, California, region, are forming a partnership to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

Nissan will introduce ZEVs in the United States in 2010 and will mass market them globally two years later. The announcement coincided with the first stop on a coast-to-coast tour of the automaker’s EV prototype powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and zero-emission electric motor. While this vehicle does not represent the production electric vehicle that will be sold in 2010, it is an indicator of what’s to come in zero-emission mobility.

Nissan will assist SDG&E in EV acquisition and work with the utility to promote a charging infrastructure for EVS . A working team will liaise with area agencies, institutions and companies to work towards the implementation and maintenance of a battery charging network and establish and support education activities designed to promote the use of EVs.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama city (Japan), and has formed partnerships with the French utility EDF , the Swiss utility Energie Ouest Suisse , the private-car hire service ‘greentomatocars’ (UK) and with zero-emission transport system company ‘elektromotive’ (UK). In the United States, the Alliance has agreed to ZEV partnerships in Tennessee, Oregon, Sonoma County, California, and Tucson, Arizona, to explore ways to promote zero-emission mobility and the development of an electric-vehicle infrastructure.