EOS and Renault-Nissan partner to develop electric vehicle charging network in Switzerland


Hans Schweickardt,
Rolle, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — December 19, 2008 – Swiss utility Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have entered into an agreement to develop solutions for zero emission mobility in Switzerland through the promotion of electric vehicles and the establishment of a battery charging network.

Under the agreement the two companies will study ways of implementing a battery charging network throughout Switzerland. They will also create and support training activities for the promotion and use of electric vehicles.

The agreement also defines the provision by Renault-Nissan of electric vehicles to EOS for use in its vehicle fleet.

“For EOS, the introduction of electric vehicles is a response to the energy and climate challenges that Switzerland is facing,” said Hans Schweickardt, CEO of EOS.

In Switzerland, after heating (43 percent) transport represents the second largest source of CO2 production (33 percent). Replacing just 15 percent of cars in the country with electric vehicles by 2020 would reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 7 percent, or about 1.1 million tonnes per year.

“We are delighted to partner with a company that specializes in clean energy. We will work together to create the infrastructure and conditions necessary for the success of zero emission vehicles in Switzerland,” said Carlos Tavares, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

EOS is a major electricity enterprise in Switzerland active in hydropower production, high and very high voltage transmission and the commercialization of electricity.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has entered into zero emission initiatives in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, France, the United States and Japan. The agreement with EOS is the first in Switzerland.