Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Eco-electric: the most comprehensive project of its kind to implement a public fleet of pure electric vehicles

Curitiba is the guest of honor at the European Mobility Exhibition – Transports Publics 2014 as it is considered a model city for its commitment to urban mobility. During the exhibition, in Paris, Curitiba will unveil its most recent smart electric mobility project developed in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Itaipu Binational, and Portugal’s CEiiA (the Center for Excellence and Innovation in the Automobile Industry). It is the most comprehensive project of its kind to implement a public fleet of pure electric vehicles. Developed in four phases, from 2014 to 2020, the first milestone was completed and focuses on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, offering a next generation mobility network based on a connected, integrated, sustainable transport system.

During the first phase, 13 pure electric vehicles (ZOE – 5 units, Kangoo Z.E. – 3 units, Twizy – 2 units) and 3 microbuses will be made available by Itaipu Binational and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to the Curitiba City Government under a two-year loan for use. The cars will be used by the Municipal Police, the Traffic Department and the city’s Tourism Office. The system will be operated according to a smart network of electric vehicles and 10 charging stations (charge points) equipped with sensors for data capture and real-time connectivity ( Each user will have an authentication card that allows charging the EV and provides information about performance and charging status. By means of a web-based tool (, users will be able to check updated information about CO2 emissions avoided, energy use, number of trips made and distance travelled.

The following phases will involve multifunctional charging stations including a number of services, such as battery recharge, transit pass, parking meters, surveillance camera, emergency button, tourist information, bike sharing and institutional Wi-Fi service. Car and bike sharing solutions are also planned; they will be initially offered to business users and public bodies. The next phases (2018-2020) concern studies to integrate the system to different public transport services.

Project partners
Since 2013, Renault has already marketed 66 units of its Z.E. (zero emission) range in Brazil. The cars were sold to institutions and organizations committed to the dissemination of the technology, such as Itaipu Binational, CPFL, FedEx, among others. The electric mobility is a federating project rooted in the very genes and the history of Renault, which has always aimed to deliver sustainable mobility for all, with a complete range of zero emission models: Renault Fluence Z.E., Renault ZOE, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo Z.E. The electric vehicles are increasingly present in the daily lives of urban centers and are a global trend. “Renault believes that electric cars are not the future, but the present,” says Olivier Murguet, CEO, Renault Brazil.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the global leader in electrically propelled vehicles and it is taking major steps towards disseminating the benefits of zero emission technology. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is investing 4 billion euros to develop vehicles that do not use oil derivatives as fuel and may be charged with pure, renewable energy. The Alliance has sold more than 100,000 zero emission cars in less than three years worldwide.

Itaipu Binational is considered a benchmark in electric mobility in Brazil. Since 2006, it is developing an Electric Vehicle Program in partnership with Swiss company KWO, in addition to other companies of the energy sector and carmakers (Renault, Fiat, Iveco and Agrale) and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers.

The program is founded on the promotion of feasibility studies aimed at the sustainability of electric mobility and application of new technologies to stimulate the local production of motors, batteries and other components.

Portugal’s CEIIA is a center for research and integrated development of products and processes, oriented to the mobility industries. It aims at increasing competitiveness of mobility solutions by means of international cooperation between the academia and the industry under a market-based approach. It has the mission of being a global reference in terms of research, design, development, manufacturing and testing of mobility products and services.

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