Curitiba unveils electric car World Cup initiative

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Brazil's southern city of Curitiba will boast the country's largest fleet of state-owned electric vehicles under plans outlined by the local prefecture on Tuesday.

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In a statement, the prefecture said 10 fuel-free cars and three minibuses will be added to its vehicle fleet on Wednesday (Feb 12).

The initiative will be used for public services with a focus on attending to an influx of tourists during the FIFA World Cup.

"Curitiba's tourism institute will use the vehicles as mobile tourist information centers that will circulate in strategic locations like the Arena Baixada stadium, fan fests and the city's hotel hub," the statement said.

The Arena da Baixada stadium is due to host four matches during the June 12-July 13 tournament.

The vehicles will be supplied by manufacturer Renault and power generation firm Itaipu Binacional.

In addition to tourism, the fleet will also be used by Curitiba's municipal guard and local transit authority Setran.

The government did not reveal how much has been invested in the initiative.

Four recharge centers have already been set up for the fleet in the neighborhoods of Alto São Francisco, Santo Inácio, Jardim Botânico and Pilarzinho.