Nissan Could Use LG Chem Batteries for Their Future EVs

Nissan is looking to bring a change in their EV lineup so Carlos Ghosn though this should be done with the very core of an electric car: the battery packs.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Renault-Nissan Alliance boss announced Nissan is looking into the possibility of using LG Chem-sourced batteries for their upcoming EVs, just like Renault and GM do.

At this moment, Nissan has a deal with NEC regarding battery packs, which are used on the Nissan Leaf EV.

According to the same source, Mr. Ghosn said the decision on which company will supply batteries for the next LEAF will be based solely on performance. That should also mean there's no head start for those interested in sealing a deal with Nissan over EV batteries, although a final decision is still far away from being made.

“We have opened to competition our battery business in order to make sure we have the best batteries,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, for the WSJ. “For the moment, we consider that the best battery maker is LG.”

Not so long ago, Nissan announced the Alliance sold 250,000 EVs, which means half of the electric cars sold worldwide are theirs.

However, Mr. Ghosn wants to see 1,5 million electric vehicles built by the Renault-Nissan alliance on the streets until 2016, so a new approach is a must in order to achieve or even get close to that number.

Still, the Leaf remains Nissan's top performer in the EV market, with 180,000 units around the world, so it's only natural for the company to look at different ways of improving the product.
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