Nissan North America on Tuesday announced a partnership with the City of Seattle on Wednesday to promote the development of electric car infrastructure, as it plans similar promotions in other cities and regions ahead of its own car launch in 2010.

Nissan and Seattle will co-work to promote infrastructure to charge electric cars, as well as the deployment, operation and maintenance of a charging network. Nissan also has agreed to make available a supply of electric vehicles in and around the Seattle metropolitan area, the automaker said in a statement.

From light rail to street cars to electric vehicles, we're reducing the impact of transportation on our climate, said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, adding that the zero-emissions technology is especially attractive in a city whose own public utility company generates electricity through hydropower, a clean energy source.

Nissan plans to also promote its electric vehicles and infrastructure in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County and San Diego in California, as well as Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona.

By 2012 Nissan says it will mass market its zero-emissions cars globally.