The Renault-Nissan Alliance and the Portuguese consortium MOBI.E Tech have partnered for the promotion of electric mobility in Portugal. Under a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed today, the two parties will study how to promote electric mobility using MOBI.E model, the charging system being deployed by the consortium.
MOBI.E will include charging stations accessible to all electric vehicle brands. The stations will be installed all over Portugal, in places such as public car parks, shopping centers, hotels, airports and gasoline stations. Electric vehicle users will require only an identification card to access the network, regardless of the charging station location, providing a quick and seamless experience.
The network will have normal charging points which will be able to charge an electric vehicle in 6 to 8 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.
MOBI.E Tech is actively working towards deploying the MOBI.E model and underlying technology in other countries.
The LOI follows the Agreement signed between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Portugal in 2008 for the implementation of a nationwide electric mobility program in the country. The agreement calls for 1,300 vehicle charging points by 2011 and the supply of electric vehicles by the Renault- Nissan Alliance, starting with the Nissan LEAF in December 2010.The Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-marketed electric vehicle, is powered by an 80 kW electric engine and has a range of 160 km (99 miles, US-LA 4 mode).
Last week, Nissan announced that Portugal would be one of the two first countries in Europe to receive the all-electric compact family car in December.