Calheta coast: ‘Mar e Vento’;Portuguese PM first in world to adopt an all-electric vehicle for official matters; Manchester United interested in signing Danny ex-Maritimo player; Portugal: first in Europe to establish direct electric vehicle partnership with Renault-Nissan

Madeira and Portugal news from Paul Abbiati:

“In the west end of my Island, in a strong windy day, you get beautiful effects of rotor with water making it visible. Its like a dance of two elements.
Hope you enjoy.”

Décio Abreu

Another of the films of Décio Abreu a Madeiran paraglider who has just won and international prize for one of his films on paragliding. 53 films were entered for ’The Skywalk Vídeo Competition’

The Prime Minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, has become the first head of state in the world to adopt an all-electric vehicle for official matters. article:

In December Portugal received delivery of the first 10 Nissan Leaf EVs to be offered in Europe, as recognition of the country’s pioneering work in the electric mobility field with the MOBI.E Programme. One of those cars landing in the hands of Mr. Socrates, who will now travel exclusively by Electric Car (it was not disclosed if the Leaf would be the only EV in the fleet) for his official travels around the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon.

The Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, said: “Portugal is extremely proud of the introduction of the electric vehicle. This initiative is only possible due the fast implementation and development of the Portuguese MOBI.E Charging Network, which is considered a leading example to the world of how to roll out electric cars.

Portugal is the first country in the world to have a nation-wide smart grid for electric vehicles.”

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Manchester United interested in signing Danny ex-Maritimo player reports:

“Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for some new midfield talent, and reports suggest he is keen to take Danny from Zenit St Petersburg.

The Portugal international has been with his current club since they paid around £25million to take him from Dynamo Moscow in 2008.

His contract is set to expire at the end of next season, and it is believed Ferguson believes he could add him to his Old Trafford squad for around £10million.

Danny playing for Zenit against Real Madrid

Danny, 27, was a key member o f the Zenit side which won the Russian championship last season, having scored nine goals and assisted in eight more.”

From Wikipedia:

“Born to Portuguese parents in Caracas, Venezuela, Danny moved to the island of Madeira at a young age. There, he would developed his football skills in the youth teams of C.S. Marítimo, making his breakthrough into the first team at the end of the 2001–02 season, scoring five goals in 20 games.”


Portugal: first country in Europe to establish a direct electric vehicle partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance

“Portuguese electric mobility consortium MOBI.E took delivery of nine Nissan LEAF electric vehicles today, becoming the first commercial customer in Europe of the world’s first mass-market 100% electric vehicle.

The keys to the cars were handed over to the CEO’s of the nine companies belonging to the consortium at a ceremony in Lisbon.

Portugal was the first country in Europe to establish a direct electric vehicle partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance in November 2008, signing an agreement to build a widespread recharging network at Portugal and to promote the benefits of zero emission mobility.

Nissan LEAF “Super” Black at the Drive Electric Tour test drive in Santa Monica, California

MOBI.E, which is installing the network, has already set up charging points in 25 cities across the country Another 1,300 normal chargers and 50 fast chargers will be set up by Summer 2011.

Nissan LEAF coming to Europe in 2011 & production starting in the UK in 2013

European Car of the Year 2011, is powered by a compact electric motor, which drives the front wheels. The AC motor develops a power output of 109PS and 280Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90kW. The car has a range of 175 km (New European Driving Cycle) between charges, making it a practical proposition for many urban drivers.

Deliveries to customers have already begun in Japan and the United States while in Europe, deliveries to Portugal, Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands will start in the first quarter of 2011. Production of the car, which is currently being manufactured in Japan, is due to start in Sunderland, in the UK, from early 2013.

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