Beginning this month, the city of Rio de Janeiro enters the zero-emission mobility era with the launch of the electric taxi program, a partnership between the Rio de Janeiro City Government, NBA and Petrobras Distribuidora. In the first phase, two Nissan LEAF taxis, pure-electric vehicles 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. NBA was the only manufacturer to submit a proposal to the Rio de Janeiro City Government to select vehicles to serve as electric taxis.
Since its commercial launch in the U.S. and Japan in 2010 and in Europe in 2011, 50,000 units have been sold worldwide. The Nissan LEAF offers a 160-kilometer range with a 48 lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in up to eight hours or only 30 minutes via Quick Chargers to be installed by Petrobras.
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.
"In view of the major events to be held in Rio, we can improve the visibility of clean-energy vehicles so that production and consumption models can be changed to a sustainable system," said Carlos Roberto Osório, Commissioner of the City Department of Transportation.
"Nissan is in the global vanguard of electric vehicle technology," said Manuel de La Guardia, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, NBA. "This project in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where Nissan Brazil's headquarters have been located since the beginning of this year, reaffirms our global mission to promote a planet-friendly life without compromising comfort in urban mobility."