Nissan is the official automotive partner of Expo 2020 Dubai. As part of its new role, the Japanese automaker will provide the mega event with a fleet of vehicles, including electric vehicles and next generation cars featuring advanced technologies.
Expo 2020 will be the first major organisation in the Middle East to use the Nissan Leaf, which is currently the world’s best-selling electric car. Expo 2020 site is seen below.
The partnership between Expo 2020 Dubai and Nissan was signed in Dubai last week by 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.
The Expo 2020 fleet will total around 1,000 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. Nissan also showcased a premiere video of its BladeGlider electric concept car that was exhibited at the Nissan booth at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show, held at Dubai World Trade Centre from November 14-18.
Reem Al Hashimy said: “We’re seeing that ingenuity making mobility more intelligent and more sustainable through electric vehicle technologies. 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.”
Kalyana Sivagnanam said: “Nissan’s appointment as the official automotive partner of Expo 2020 Dubai is testament to our shared vision – to shape the future of mobility and enhance the lives of people around the world through innovation. The long-term alliance also reflects our commitment to supporting the nation’s aspirations of being a global role model for innovative mobility. We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with Expo 2020 Dubai as we focus on revolutionising the mobility sector through our innovative and sustainable vehicle line-up.
“Furthermore, as sustainable transport continues to be a key goal within the UAE Vision 2021, Nissan is playing a leading role in advancing the development of this sector. The new, zero-emission Nissan Leaf embodies ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’ – our approach to changing the way cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision also ties into the UAE government’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions and promote the growth of electric vehicles across the nation,” added Sivagnanam.
Partnerships are an integral part of preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai, with some of the world’s most innovative firms helping to deliver a World Expo that will be a celebration for all, where everyone can learn, innovate, create progress and have fun by sharing ideas and working together.