The Renault-Nissan and the Portuguese consortium MOBI.E Tech have created a partnership for the promotion of electric mobility in Portugal, one of the first countries to adopt a national policy on the matter.
In a letter of intent signed, both sides agree to explore means to promote electric mobility, using the easy to use refill system and technologically advanced MOBI.E being developed by the consortium.
MOBI.E include charging stations for use by electric vehicles of all makes. The terminals will be installed throughout Portugal, particularly in parking lots, shopping centers, hotels, airports and service stations. It is sufficient that the user has a unified identification card to access the network easily and quickly, regardless of the location of a recharging station.
The network will comprise normal charging stations where electric vehicles can be recharged in six to eight hours through wind energy produced at night, and fast charging stations that will allow vehicles to be recharged in less than 30 minutes.
“The Renault-Nissan considers that the total customer satisfaction is the key to the success of electric mobility. Our partnership with MOBI.E Tech will offer to all owners of electric vehicles in Portugal to recharge their vehicle in the best possible conditions,” said Emmanuel Delay, Senior Vice President in charge of administration and finance at Nissan International SA.
MOBI.E Tech is actively deploying model MOBI.E and associated technologies in other countries.
“We believe that the creation of a pan-European system of integrated recharging, fully interoperable, and open to many energy providers, network operators charging, car manufacturers, and other service providers, is the key issue of adoption of electric vehicles in large European scale. Technology MOBI.E was developed to meet this demand,” said Fernando Baptista, CEO of MOBI.E Tech.
The letter of intent signed is part of the final agreement signed between Renault-Nissan and Portugal in 2008 that focuses on the implementation of a national program in the electrical mobility. The agreement provides for the installation of 1300 charging stations in 2011 and the supply of electric vehicles for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, starting with the Nissan model LEAF in December 2010.
Last week, Nissan announced that Portugal is one of the first European countries to receive this compact all-electric family car in December. Sold at 29 955 euro (after deduction of 5,000 euro governmental premium), LEAF Nissan comes fully equipped, with air conditioning, satellite navigation, a rearview camera, taking a quick recharge and smartphone connectivity products.