Renault-Nissan Alliance & United Nations Partner for Zero-Emission Mobility at Rio+20
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
– World’s largest environmental summit marks first time UN will use
zero-emission shuttle fleet
A fleet of electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will shuttle United
Nations delegates at its Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the
world’s largest environmental summit.
The conference, which runs from June 13-22, marks the first time the UN will use a
dedicated zero-emission car fleet for shuttling its delegates.
More than 50,000 delegates, including 400 from the UN, are expected to attend the
summit – nicknamed “Rio+20″ – to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’
Earth Summit in Rio, where countries agreed to a blueprint for economic growth, social
equity and environmental protection.
“One important subject of Rio+20 is the ‘sustainable city,’ and zero-emission vehicles
can be an integral part ensuring quality of life in urban areas,” said Kathleen Abdalla,
Chief of the organization and logistics of Rio+20 at the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs. “We are glad to have zero-emission vehicles added to our
fleet. In this way, we can see and demonstrate how EVs can reduce noise pollution and
eliminate tailpipe emissions. In Brazil, where most electricity is generated from
renewable and local sources, electric vehicles are an excellent low carbon transport
Shuttles throughout the RioCentro convention area include:
- Renault Fluence Z.E., a family sedan that went on sale late last year in Europe; - Renault Kangoo Z.E., an electric light commercial van named International Van of the Year 2012; and - Nissan LEAF, the top-selling EV in history with more than 32,000 units sold on three continents.
Electric vehicles – a contribution to sustainable transport
The Alliance vehicles, including the all-new Renault Twizy, a two-seat urban commuter
vehicle that went on sale in Europe this spring, will also be on display at the Global
Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) booth in the HSBC Arena. Test drives will also be
Earlier this month, Nissan announced a taxi pilot program in Sao Paulo, South
America’s largest city.
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SOURCE Renault-Nissan Alliance