Lisbon, Portugal --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2008 – The Portuguese government has come to an agreement with car manufacturers Renault and Nissan which will encourage the use of electric cars by creating a country-wide grid network to recharge them. A government spokesman, noting the rapid increases in the cost of oil in recent months, has said that the agreement will help the country to become oil independent.

As part of the deal, the vehicle manufacturers have agreed to sell their electric cars in Portugal, starting in 2011. Because the country is small, it is likely to be easier to install a chain of recharging kiosks over the area.

Both the government and the manufacturers will work together to identify and develop electric cars that consumers want to buy, and to find the best way to introduce the recharging stations.