Expo 2020 Dubai is joining forces with Nissan to demonstrate and showcase the future of intelligent mobility — starting with a fleet that includes electric vehicles.

The Japanese firm was revealed as Expo 2020 Dubai’s latest Official Premier Partner at an event held at the Expo site this week, where Nissan also unveiled the second generation of its electric car, the Nissan Leaf, for the first time in the Middle East.

As Expo 2020’s Official Automotive Partner, Nissan will provide the Expo 2020 fleet, 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 already the world’s best selling electric car. Learnings from the partnership will help accelerate the electrification of mobility in the region. Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology will also be extensively showcased at the mega-event taking place in 2020.

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.

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 saloons and SUVs to pick-up trucks and buses.