The Renault-Nissan Alliance is present in the 10th
edition of the Latin American EV Exhibition with models of both brands on display, in addition to taking part in the Congress about the sector’s perspectives and presentation of results of collaborations aimed at sustainable urban mobility in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Brasília. The Alliance is the global leader in electric vehicles and has already sold approximately 176,000 zero emission vehicles worldwide.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s booth is displaying four all-electric vehicles currently used in sustainable mobility projects in Brazil, thanks to collaboration deals signed with public and private institutions. For example, the Renault Twizy is a two-seater vehicle designed for the city, currently used by the Curitiba Eco-electric and Brasília Eco-mobile projects to patrol urban parks. The Renault ZOE is a subcompact model that joined Itaipu Binational’s fleet. The Kangoo Z.E. (zero emission) is the first all-electric light commercial vehicle; it is being used in the daily operations of FedEx and the Brazilian Post Office (under test). The Nissan LEAF is being used in taxi projects in São Paulo and Rio and by the State Police, the Fire Department and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
In addition to discovering the models on exhibition, participants will have an opportunity to test-drive a Renault Twizy on a track especially arranged outside the Expo Center Norte, where the event is organized. Carlos Santos, general project manager at Renault, and Anderson Suzuki, new business manager at Nissan, will take part in discussion panels about the current scenario for the development and use of EVs in Brazil and worldwide, which were organized in parallel with the Exhibition.
Renault-Nissan Alliance takes part in zero emission mobility projects
Nissan taxi fleets in Rio and São Paulo
Since 2012, Nissan maintains pilot projects in partnership with São Paulo and Rio city governments aimed at testing its LEAF as a taxi, by means of which 15 cars are being used in Rio and 10 in São Paulo.
The 15 units of the Nissan LEAF used in Rio have already run 500 thousand kilometers with no tailpipe emissions since its launch, a year ago. It is the largest electric taxi fleet in operation in South America. It avoided the overall release of 75 tons of CO2
in Rio de Janeiro’s city capital. In two years, the program that started in June 2012 in São Paulo avoided the release of 90 tons of carbon dioxide.
Nissan LEAF takes part in the ‘FUNDO VERDE’ project at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Since June, the Nissan LEAF is also taking part in an experimental fleet of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Nissan signed a collaboration deal with UFRJ channeled into scientific and technological interchanges in order to use EVs in urban areas, by means of which the all-electric vehicle is used in the framework of the ‘Fundo Verde’ project aimed at fostering sustainable infrastructure projects, generation and rationalization of energy, and urban mobility. The company also supports UFRJ with its expertise in researchers carried out by scholars and students.
Nissan is therefore expanding its experimental projects with the LEAF in Brazil, thus demonstrating the versatility of its all-electric vehicle, which has seen more than 130 thousand units sold worldwide. Two other units of the LEAF are being used by the State’s Tourist Police and the Fire Department.
Renault EVs take part in Curitiba’s Eco-electric and Brasília’s Eco-mobile projects
In the first three months of operation, the 17 Renault EVs used by Curitiba’s Eco-electric (10) and Brasília’s Eco-mobile (7) projects have already contributed not to release four tons of CO2
. In Curitiba, the project is an initiative of the City Government and involves the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Itaipu Binational and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in the Automotive Industry (CEiiA). The project’s fleet includes six ZOE, two Kangoo Z.E. and two Twizy, in addition to eight charging stations.
In Brasília, the initiative is carried out by CEB (an electric power distributor) and Itaipu, with the support of the City Government, in addition to collaborations with the Brazilian Postal Service and the CEiiA. The project includes one Twizy, three Kangoo Z.E. and three ZOE.
CPFL Energia – Campinas
CPFL Energia is carrying out a project aimed at assessing the impact of EVs in the power grid and reduction in tailpipe emissions with their adoption by corporate fleets. Since May 2014, six Renault EVs helped to avoid releasing 2 tons of CO2
in the air while traveling 14,738 km. They used 2,450 kWh of power, which is equivalent to the consumption of approximately 12 households for one month.
Itaipu Binational’s EV program
Renault is taking part in a pioneering zero emission mobility project in Brazil. The Electric Vehicle Program is an initiative carried out by Itaipu Binational in partnership with Swiss company Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG/KWO. Itaipu purchased 54 units of the Renault ZOE and Twizy by means of a technological collaboration deal signed with Renault in October 2013.
The first batch included 34 Twizy, from which 32 were meant to be assembled by Itaipu’s Center for Research, Development and Assembly of EVs (CPDM-VE/IB), in Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná). Two units are being used by the company. In March 2014, the Program purchased 20 units of the ZOE, and some of them will be used in urban mobility projects in Curitiba and Brasília, which works in partnership with Itaipu.
Itaipu is also in charge of the Mob-i program aimed at the technological development for next generation electric mobility. The Mob-i program was launched in March with the signature of a partnership deal between Itaipu and CEiiA. The project is aimed at searching for solutions in electric mobility and environmental sustainability actions until 2020.
EVs marketed in Brazil
Renault has already sold approximately 70 units of its Renault Z.E. (Zero Emission) range in Brazil to organizations that develop projects aimed at the use and encouragement of the technology in different parts of the country.
For instance, the TPC Group purchased two units of the Kangoo Z.E. to be used in Salvador/Bahia in the delivery of Natura cosmetics products. Itaipu Binational bought 20 units of the Renault ZOE and CPFL acquired four Kangoo Maxi Z.E.
In 2013, CPFL purchased 2 Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Itaipu bought 34 Twizy (32 SKD kits to be assembled in Foz do Iguaçu and 2 Twizy ready for use), while FedEx acquired 6 Kangoo Maxi Z.E. “Renault has signed collaboration deals with major organizations for the development of EVs in Brazil, in order to contribute to foster the new trend in urban mobility”, highlights Silvia Barcik, EV project leader at Renault Brazil.
Renault-Nissan Alliance has a complete range of EVs
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the global leader in zero-emission vehicles and invests 4 billion euros in the development of the technology. Since its commercial launch, in the end of 2010, approximately 176 thousand EVs were sold worldwide by the Alliance.
Renault has the development of the energy efficient technology in its genes. With four models, it is the only carmaker to offer a complete range of all electric vehicles: Renault Fluence, Renault ZOE, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo Z.E. The zero emission vehicles are an increasingly common trend in large cities. “For Renault, the EV is not the future, but the present”, says Olivier Murguet, President, Renault Brazil.
“The Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling EV. Local pilot projects evidence that it is a feasible sustainable mobility option in the country’s large cities”, states François Dossa, President, Nissan Brazil.