Portugal police goes green with Nissan Leaf police car

Article by Christian A., on July 12, 2012

Portugal police can now sneak around silently for criminals while driving using any unit from a group of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles that had recently been delivered. Portugal's PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) will operate the eight Nissan LEAF police cars. This is the security force that has been protecting the huge urban regions in the country.

The highly awarded cars can be primarily used as part of the PSP's Safe School Program. The difference is that it has flashing blue lights, sirens and clear ‘Polícia' markings. PSP chose the Nissan LEAF as part of its campaign to make its ecological footprint smaller.

Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP, said that PSP is proud to be the first police force in the world to make use of zero-emission technology. These EVs are part of its 5,000 vehicle fleet.

He added that the arrival of the LEAF in its lineup is part of its continuing contribution to the reduction in pollution in large urban centres. This also marks the release of the 100%-electric Nissan LEAF. Portugal is one of the first countries to set up a network of EV chargers in the urban areas. It’s also where the first Nissan LEAF was sold to the European public in 2011.

In terms of design, the front end of the new Nissan Leaf is marked by a vertically oriented V-shaped form. This unique frontal styling is highlighted further by headlights that employ LED technology to offer a blue internal reflective design. But these headlights don’t only provide clear and dynamic night-time illumination as well as distinct and sophisticated fashion. This is because these headlights are created to be able to split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, which results lower aerodynamic drag and wind noise. In addition, since these headlights employ LED technology, their energy only eats up a tenth of the usual electricity consumed by conventional lamps.

The new Nissan Leaf also employs the "blue earth" color theme that is derived from the original body color of the EV -- Aqua Globe. This eco-friendly color theme could also be seen inside the new Nissan Leaf, especially on the blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination. The cabin of the new Nissan Leaf is also marked by bright trim colors.

Aside from a new exterior and interior of the latest Nissan Leaf, the EV is also fitted with an exclusive advanced IT system that is linked to a global data center to provide support and information – as well as entertainment – anytime of the day. Drivers won’t also have to worry if the power of the Nissan Leaf is already nearing depletion as they could view the remaining energy levels – or reachable area – on the dash-mounted monitor. This monitor also displays a selection of nearby charging stations where the Nissan Leaf could be recharged for the next journey.

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