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Portuguese police to use electric cars

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Jul 12 2012

Police in Portugal are to begin using a fleet of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.

The Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) will use the award-winning zero-emission vehicles predominantly for its Safe School Program and they will have 'Policia' markings, sirens and blue lights.

The eight Nissan LEAF cars will be incorporated into the PSP car leasing fleet to police large urban areas of the country and will also be called upon to fulfil duties outside the schools project.

Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP, is proud of the force's commitment to electric vehicles and the environment.

"We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet," he said.

"We want to continue reducing pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet."

Portugal is at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry in Europe after becoming the first nation to sell the Nissan LEAF to the public last year and one of the first to implement a network of EV chargers in major cities.

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