Government officials in Rio de Janeiro will work with sister companies Renault and Nissan to accelerate the process of getting electric vehicles built in Brazil.

A new memorandum of understanding between the organizations also includes Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio Negócios, and is part of what's called the Rio Capital Energy Program. No timetable or investment figures were disclosed. As it is, both Rio and Sao Paolo have launched pilot programs in which Nissan Leaf EVs will be used in the cities' taxi fleets.

"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," according to the press release. You can read the rest of it below.
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Rio de Janeiro Launches Public-private Partnership for Zero-emission Transportation

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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

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.


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      • 1 Day Ago
      "Infrastructure," in this region has to be improved, - 'infrastructure,' physically and most importantly, politically. If Brazilian society and the 'Nissan Corporation,' are to achieve economic success. - Steven Christian Du Pont
      DaveMart
      • 1 Day Ago
      The battery size of the Leaf is really unsuitable for taxi use, as is already being found out, for those who could not work it out in the first place. This IMO is the worst possible program, which is likely to turn many off of BEV cars and make them feel that they are no good, when actually they are being misused. I have no idea what Nissan thinks it is doing. Sadly, it doesn't seem as though they do either.
        Warren
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DaveMart
        Yes. The Zoe is the better car for commuting than the Leaf. For a taxi, maybe they can retrofit some of those Fluence Z.E. with a BYD e6 size pack, and have a real shot at a taxi.
          Warren
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Warren
          Being the first, the Leaf ended up as a bit of a platypus. Either the pack is too small, or the car is too big. They were trying to be too many things with one car.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Day Ago
      Try light and aero. Key to EV viability