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Nissan begins construction of battery plant

Nissan has begun construction of a state-of-the-art, advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Cacia, Portugal, that will support the rollout of electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Europe.

The battery plant is being built on a 30,450m2 plot of land belonging to the Renault CACIA gearbox assembly plant following an investment of US$213 million. The facility will start operations in December 2012 and will have a total capacity of 50,000 units a year. Around 200 jobs are expected to be created by the new plant.

“The Cacia plant will be one of three facilities in Europe supplying batteries to electric vehicles produced by the Alliance, starting with the 100% electric Nissan Leaf. Together, the three plants will enable the Alliance to rollout electric vehicles in Europe on an unprecedented scale, bringing the world one step closer to a zero-emission future,” said Nissan’s COO, Toshiyuki Shiga, speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Last April, Nissan began construction of a battery plant in Sunderland, UK, which will start operations in early 2012 with an annual capacity of 60,000 units. Renault’s battery plant in Flins, France, will have a total production capacity of 100,000 units a year. Philippe Klein, Renault’s vice president of corporate planning, product planning, programs and control, added, “The inauguration of the Cacia battery plant is another concrete step in the electric mobility revolution spearheaded by the Alliance. The plant will supply batteries for one of the four electric vehicles in the Renault Z.E. range, Fluence Z.E., which will be launched in autumn 2011.”

Renault’s gearbox plant in Cacia, 244 km north of Lisbon, was chosen as the site for the new battery facility thanks to its easy access to road, rail, sea and air transportation. The project also benefited from incentives presented by the Portuguese government.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. By 2015, the Alliance will have the capacity to produce 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries at its plants around the world, making it the only automotive group in the world to build electric vehicles and batteries on this scale.

22 February 2011


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