Nissan and Rio de Janeiro are studying the possibility of producing, selling and charging zero-emission vehicles in Brazil.

Nissan said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today among Rio de Janeiro State Government and leaders from Brazil’s public-private sectors to accelerate zero-emission transportation in Rio de Janeiro.

The partners for this deal are the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio Negócios.

As part of the MoU, the parties will study the possibility of producing electric vehicles in the state, as well as the entire infrastructure necessary for running such cars. The project is part of the Rio Capital Energy Program, coordinated by the State Department of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services of Rio de Janeiro.

“We want to make sure Rio de Janeiro will be a world’s reference in energy for the twenty-first century, repeating the vocation that Rio already has in the area of traditional energy,” said the Secretary of the State Department of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services, Julio Bueno, commenting on the program.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are currently rolling out pilot programs that use the Nissan Leaf as part of the cities’ taxi fleets.

To date, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold nearly 100,000 zero-emission cars, more than all other major automakers combined.

“Renault-Nissan is in the vanguard of electric vehicles. This new initiative reaffirms our global commitment to offering sustainable urban mobility that is fun to drive,” affirmed Carlos Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO during this morning’s announcement.

Nissan said Petrobras Distribuidora is in charge of the feasibility studies for the implementation of the recharging infrastructure at Petrobras’ service stations in Rio.

“Therefore, we remain faithful to our position as market leaders, in the vanguard in terms of technology and sustainability”, declared José Lima de Andrade Neto, president, Petrobras Distribuidora.

Rio Negócios will take part in the workgroup for the EV development, representing the Municipality to promote the city as a business destination in the emerging technological and industrial sector. Its mission is to identify project opportunities and portfolios, and develop the industry to consolidate the intelligence of this new activity in the country.

“We accelerate projects and facilitate the installation of businesses in the city, serving as a liaison between the public and private sector. In terms of investments for the EV technology, Rio will be at the forefront of industrial innovation”, said Marcelo Haddad, President, Rio Negócios.

Light is an electricity distribution and retailing company with 4 million customers in 31 cities of the Rio de Janeiro State. It will also back the development of this project and contribute to promote feasibility studies aimed at the implementation of the recharging infrastructure.

Ampla is a company controlled by Endesa Brasil (Enel Group). It will study the implementation of a technological and innovative infrastructure to ensure a sustainable supply of energy.