Alliance partners sign agreement to promote electric vehicles
16 December 2008

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed yet another deal to create a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The agreement, signed with Swiss energy company, Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS) is intended to promote the use of electric vehicles and study different ways of establishing a national battery-charging network.

The tie-up with EOS is similar to the deal signed with French utility giant EDF.

Renault-Nissan is also working in Denmark, Israel and Australia with Better Place, a venture-backed company dedicated to the creation of an electric vehicle battery charging network that draws its energy from zero-emission, renewable sources.

The agreement should eventually lead to EOS operating forthcoming Renault-Nissan electric vehicles as part of its fleet, but the focus will be on developing and maintaining the recharging infrastructure required by the Alliance’s lithium-ion battery technology.

EOS produces 85 per cent of its electricity from hydropower, and is seen by Renault-Nissan as the ideal partner for advancing its ambitious zero-emissions programme in Switzerland.

Nick Cackett

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