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    Official: Eight Mercedes Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks now in service

    Portugal is far better known for its scenery and seascapes (not to mention some of its alcoholic beverages) than its place as a vehicle-testing center. But the European country is serving just that purpose for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz division and a new line of trucks. And they are of the ...

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    Video: Renault Twizy silently sneaks into university library

    "If you've never heard of the Renault Twizy, that's because it's silent." That's the tagline for a new video of a promotional stunt by the French automaker that sent the funky looking EV driving into a university library to show off how quiet it is. Get it? You aren't supposed to talk in a ...

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    Featured: Toyota showing off pop art special edition iQ in Portugal

    Toyota is showing off its European-market minicar iQ with a splash on the streets of Portugal. An ultra-limited edition Toyota iQ, called the iQ Urban Art was created by award-winning artist Joana Vasconcelos. There are only five editions going on sale, each one featuring a color scheme inspired ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf gets badged for police duty in Portugal

    Let's see, we've had plug-in vehicles do cop car duty at Scotland Yard (Vauxhall Ampera) and New York City (Chevrolet Volt) and we've all seen the little EV parking meter vehicles, so today's announcement that the Nissan Leaf is going to be used as a police vehicle in Portugal isn't exactly a ...

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    Official: Fisker widens European distribution, launches U.S. ad campaign

    This Tesla-Fisker tit-for-tat thing could get fun. Last week, Fisker launched its first national advertising campaign for its extended-range plug-in luxury sedans in the form of a multi-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on the same day Tesla unveiled its all-electric Model S, Hybrid Cars ...

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    Renault stages colossal Kangoo Z.E, Fluence Z.E. test drive event in Portugal

    We drove 'em both at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany earlier this year, and now it's the rest of the world's turn to strap in behind the wheels of the Renault Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicles in one of the largest and longest media events for a plug-in ...

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    Siemens logs up to 300-unit quick-charge station order from Portugal

    German firm Siemens has received a major order for its recently launched 22-kW Charge CP700A plug-in vehicle charging station. The order comes from Portugal as part of the nation's Mobi.E electric-mobility consortium. Siemens says this deal lays the framework for delivery of up to 300 of its ...

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    Portugal leads Europe with lowest CO2 emissions, Sweden lands in last

    The fuel efficiency of European vehicles improved in 2010, with CO2 emissions falling by 3.7 percent, according to European Union (EU) data released last Wednesday. The EU, home to some 500 million people, has set a target for cutting average CO2 emissions down to 130 grams per kilometer by ...

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    261 charging stations installed in Portugal; 1,350 coming soon

    Thanks to AutoblogGreen tipster Marcos, we now know that at least 261 charging stations have been installed and are operational in Portugal. While that certainly seems like plenty, especially since only 100 or so electric vehicles are currently tooling around the streets of that country, there are ...

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    SAE 2011: Mobi.E ready to charge up 600,000 electric cars in Portugal, and beyond

    After flirting with Better Place back in 2008, Portugal got serious about promoting electric vehicles in 2009. That's when the first discussions about what would become the Mobi.E charging network took place. These talks encompassed how best to get ready for EVs with new legislation and tax ...

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    Nissan breaks ground on lithium-ion battery plant in Portugal

    Nissan has officially broken ground on the construction of a lithium-ion battery plant in Cacia, Portugal. The facility, which will be erected on a 30,450-square-meter plot of land owned by partner Renault, should be fully operational by December of 2012. Construction of the Cacia plant requires a ...

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    Renault-Nissan announces location of lithium battery plant in Portugal

    Renault and Nissan made it known many months ago that they intended to build lithium ion battery plants in Europe to supply all of the electric vehicles that they will be introducing in the next several years. The first battery plant will be going to Portugal and will be located at an existing ...

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    Ford launches eco-driving campaign in Portugal

    Ford Lusitánia, the Portuguese importer of The Blue Oval's vehicles, is currently promoting the Projecto Eco-Condução Portugal. The project includes a contest and a campaign to promote a small set of eco-driving tips. The contest takes 20 motorists, selected from 150 ...

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    Brazil having a hard time selling its biodiesel in Europe

    Brazil's President Inázio Lula da Silva visited Europe not long ago and he promoted the benefits of Brazilian biodiesel in France and Spain. This might have seemed like a good idea, if it weren't for the fact that Spain's biggest oil company, Repsol, had just frozen the construction of a new ...

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    uCar, the Portuguese electric vehicle, goes for a spin

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    Calming guitar music. What could be a better soundtrack for a tiny electric vehicle cruising the streets of Portugal? Apparently nothing, since that's what the promoters of the uCar Electric Vehicle have used in a new video posted to YouTube. This ...

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    Portugal pushing for more EVs in 2011

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    Nissan and Renault are slowly and surely moving from dark horse contenders to real players in the electric vehicle space. The partnership's latest target is Portugal, which will see pure EVs from Nissan-Renault in 2011, according to the ...

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    BYD: Gas for developing countries, EVs for developed countries

    Autonews interviewed Henry Li, general manager of BYD Auto's export division, and got the Chinese marque's plans for international expansion. BYD's plans can be summarized this way: "gas for developing countries, EVs for developed countries." Currently the manufacturer is selling about 7,000 cars ...

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    Portugal to bypass Project Better Place, promote EVs with Renault-Nissan

    The recent report that Portugal would join up with Project Better Place on EVs was apparently only partially correct. Portugal is indeed partnering directly with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to promote zero emission vehicles, but Project Better Place will evidently not be in the picture. The ...

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    Portugal looking to improve, joins Project Better Place

    Project Better Place is set to expand beyond Israel and Denmark with an agreement for Portugal to join the electric vehicle infrastructure project. Portugese Prime Minister Jose Socrates will soon sign on to the plan that will use electric cars from Renault and Nissan. Part of Project Better Place ...

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    Spain, Portugal invests $150m to make fuel cell or electric car by end of this year

    Spain and Portugal are getting into the green car biz. The two countries are investing 150m EUROS into an effort to create a fuel cell or electric car project called Mobi-green. The governments hopes the partnership will mean new jobs and a prototype will be built by the end of the year. "We want ...


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