Portugal and the Renault-Nissan Alliance for zero emission mobility

The Portuguese government entrusted with the information campaign for electric vehicles and with the task of creating charging stations

Josè Sòcrates, Portuguese Prime Minister, and Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Renault and Nissan group have just jointly announced a partnership between the Portuguese government and the Nissan Renault Alliance, whose purpose is to promote “zero emission mobility” all across Portugal. This cooperation between public institutions and private enterprises perfectly fits into the Nissan-Renault programme to increase the production of zero emissions vehicles and aims at creating the necessary conditions for environmentally friendly vehicles to become a real alternative.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Portuguese government is expected first to handle the information campaign on the electric vehicles by raising people’s awareness on their advantages, then, in cooperation with the Nissan-Renault Alliance, to get Portuguese citizens to consider the opportunities offered by alternative car technologies and finally to set up a nationwide network of charging stations. On the other side, the Nissan-Renault group will start a large-scale market of electric vehicles in Portugal as from 2011, thus making this country one of their most important markets in the world.

Prime Minister Josè Sòcrates said: "Portugal has become a leading country in renewable energy. This agreement with Renault-Nissan will place it also on the front line in terms of sustainable mobility with zero-emission vehicles. Promoting electric cars in Portugal will reduce our dependence on imported oil and will contribute to a cleaner environment." A comment which is in perfect keeping with Carlos Ghosn’s view: “Portugal is a recognized global leader in the development of renewable energy, and we applaud the government’s actions to make electric cars an economic reality for their citizens.”

Autore: GIUSEPPE GANDOLFI

 

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