Renault-Nissan and MOBI.E Tech to promote EVs in Portugal
The two firms have signed a letter of intent to explore how to promote electric mobility using the MOBI.E charging system that has been developed by the consortium.
The charging stations will be accessible by all electric vehicle brands and will be installed all over Portugal, in places such as public car parks, shopping centers, hotels, airports and fuel stations. The network will have standard charging points which will be able to charge an electric vehicle in six to eight hours, using wind energy produced during the night, as well as rapid charging points, which will charge an electric vehicle in less than 30 minutes.
'We congratulate the Portuguese government and the MOBI.E Tech consortium that were able to develop this project which we expect to become a world-class benchmark. Today we commit to jointly studying the best way to promote this project for the success of electric mobility in Portugal,' said José Caro de Sousa, general manager of Renault Portugal.
MOBI.E Tech says it is actively working towards deploying the MOBI.E model and underlying technology in other countries.
'We do believe that the creation of an integrated, fully interoperable pan-European charging system, open to multiple energy providers, network charging operators, automobile constructors and other added-value service providers, will be one of the key challenges to the adoption of EVs on a massive scale. MOBI.E Tech software platform was architected from the beginning to support such a multiple-entity complex environment,' said Fernando Baptista, general manager of MOBI.E Tech.
The latest partnerships follows an agreement signed between Renault-Nissan and Portugal in 2008 for the implementation of a nationwide electric mobility programme. The agreement calls for 1,300 vehicle charging points by 2011 and the supply of electric vehicles by Renault-Nissan, starting with the Nissan LEAF in December 2010.
Nissan has recently announced that Portugal will be one of the two first countries in Europe to receive the all-electric compact family car in December.