Renault-Nissan and Swiss electric utility company, Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS), have announced that they will establish a vehicle battery-charging network in Switzerland.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently, the two parties will study ways of implementing and maintaining a battery charging network throughout the country. The MOU also intends to define the terms and conditions for the supply by the Alliance of electric vehicles to EOS for use in its fleet.

EOS produces 85% of its electricity. "For EOS, the introduction of electric vehicles brings a forward-looking response to Switzerland's energy and climate challenge," said Hans Schweickardt, CEO of EOS.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has already begun zero emission initiatives with Israel, Denmark, Portugal, the Principality of Monaco and the French utility company EDF. In the US, the Alliance has partnered with the states of Tennessee and Oregon and Sonoma county in California. In Japan, its has a partnership with the prefecture of Kanagawa and Yokohama city.

Renault-Nissan's electric vehicle strategy is unique amongst vehicle manufacturers. By partnering with local infrastructure projects, it is developing markets for its electric vehicles. Daimler has several local pilot projects in London and Berlin, for example, but these are still at a research stage.