Rio launches electric taxi program with Nissan LEAFs
6 March 2013
The city of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is launching an electric taxi program, through a partnership between the Rio de Janeiro City Government, Nissan do Brasil Automóveis (NBA) and Petrobras Distribuidora. In the first phase, two Nissan LEAF taxis will be available in Rio. By the end of the year, 13 more units will be added to the fleet.
The first two electric taxis will be available at the Santos Dumont airport stand. Their batteries will be recharged in two Petrobras service stations at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and in the Barra da Tijuca area. The LEAF battery pack can be recharged in 30 minutes via Quick Chargers to be installed by Petrobras.
Electric taxi recharging at Petrobras service stations is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2012 between Petrobras and NBA study the infrastructure expansion for electric vehicle recharging in Brazil.
NBA was the only manufacturer to submit a proposal to the Rio de Janeiro City Government to select vehicles to serve as electric taxis.
The goal of the Rio de Janeiro Municipality, according to the city's climate policy, is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 16% by 2016 compared to emission levels of 2005.
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