Rio de Janeiro State Government signs multilateral memorandum of
understanding with Renault-Nissan Alliance, Petrobras Distribuidora,
Light, Ampla and Rio Negócios to pave the way for electric vehicles
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A memorandum of understanding
(MoU) was signed today among Rio de Janeiro State Government and
leaders from Brazil's public-private sectors to accelerate
zero-emission transportation in Rio de Janeiro. The partners for this
historic deal are Renault-Nissan Alliance, Petrobras Distribuidora,
Light, Ampla and Rio Negócios.
As part of the MoU, the parties will study the possibility of producing
electric vehicles in the state, as well as the entire infrastructure
necessary for running such cars. The project is part of the Rio Capital
Energy Program, coordinated by the State Department of Economic
Development, Energy, Industry and Services of Rio de Janeiro.
"We want to make sure Rio de Janeiro will be a world's reference in
energy for the twenty-first century, repeating the vocation that Rio
already has in the area of traditional energy," said the Secretary of
the State Department of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and
Services, Julio Bueno, commenting on the program.
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are currently rolling out pilot programs
that use the Nissan LEAF as part of the cities' taxi fleets.
Renault and Nissan have been consistently committed to zero-emission
technology. The companies have invested €4 billion in the past two
decades to develop electric cars that consume no petroleum and can be
recharged on pure renewable energy.
The first fully electric mass-produced vehicle to hit the market was the
Nissan LEAF, which debuted in December 2010. Renault recently launched
the ZOE subcompact and has a range of other zero-emission options
including the Fluence Z.E. sedan, the Twizy urban two-seater, and the
Kangoo Z.E. van.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold nearly 100,000 zero-emission cars,
more than all other major automakers combined.
"Renault-Nissan is in the vanguard of electric vehicles. This new
initiative reaffirms our global commitment to offering sustainable
urban mobility that is fun to drive," affirmed Carlos Ghosn, the
Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO during this morning's announcement.
For the full press release, go to: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/rio-de-janeiro-launches-public-private-partnership-for-zero-emission-transportation
SOURCE: Renault-Nissan Alliance
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