Portugal: Renault-Nissan group to sell electric cars in Portugal

11 July 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 11 July – French-Japanese group Renault-Nissan Wednesday in Lisbon signed a deal with the Portuguese government to allow the company to sell electric cars in the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Portuguese government pledged to set up, by 2011, a network to support the expansion of electric car use.

The project includes Portuguese oil company Galp Energia, which will include facilities at its service stations for Exchange of batteries for electric cars, as well as electricity company EDP and the two biggest supermarket chains in the country, which will Exchange batteries at its car parks.

Renault-Nissan will provide the vehicles, which will have a 200 kilometre range.

“We are investing US$2 million on a complete range of zero emission vehicles,” said the chairman of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, adding that electric cars will be priced similarly to those driven by gasoline or diesel.

According to the project, the electric cars will be able to be charged in three different ways: exchanging the battery for a charged one, which is expected to take five minutes; rapid charging, which will take around 25 minutes, and home charging, through the standard electricity grid, which will take up to eight hours. (macauhub)