- World's largest environmental summit marks first time UN will use
zero-emission shuttle fleet
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - A fleet of electric vehicles from
the Renault-Nissan Alliance will shuttle United Nations delegates at
its Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the
world's largest environmental summit.
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The conference, which runs from June 13-22, marks the first time the UN
will use a dedicated zero-emission car fleet for shuttling its
More than 50,000 delegates, including 400 from the UN, are expected to
attend the summit - nicknamed "Rio+20" - to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio, where countries
agreed to a blueprint for economic growth, social equity and
"One important subject of Rio+20 is the 'sustainable city', and
zero-emission vehicles can be an integral part ensuring quality of life
in urban areas," said Kathleen Abdalla, Chief of the organization and
logistics of Rio+20 at the United Nations Department of Economic and
Social Affairs. "We are glad to have zero-emission vehicles added to
our fleet. In this way, we can see and demonstrate how EVs can reduce
noise pollution and eliminate tailpipe emissions. In Brazil, where most
electricity is generated from renewable and local sources, electric
vehicles are an excellent low carbon transport option."
Shuttles throughout the RioCentro convention area include:
Renault Fluence Z.E., a family sedan that went on sale late last year in
Renault Kangoo Z.E., an electric light commercial van named
International Van of the Year 2012; and
Nissan LEAF, the top-selling EV in history with more than 32,000 units
sold on three continents.
Electric vehicles - a contribution to sustainable transport
The Alliance vehicles, including the all-new Renault Twizy, a two-seat
urban commuter vehicle that went on sale in Europe this spring, will
also be on display at the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)
booth in the HSBC Arena. Test drives will also be available.
Earlier this month, Nissan announced a taxi pilot program in Sao Paulo,
South America's largest city.
SOURCE Renault-Nissan Alliance
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