Renault-Nissan to Build EV Batteries in France

Renault is one of the most active companies when it comes to electric vehicles and alliances with green partners around the world and the numerous zero-emission agreements signed in the last years are the living proof. But CEO Carlos Ghosn said that Renault and Nissan might build batteries for its future electric models in France, beside Japan, the United States, Portugal and the UK, four other locations to host battery production.

"You can suspect that France is also a place where we are going to build some batteries,"
Ghosn was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Renault unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show four electric projects providing the company's efforts in the green sector. However, only some of them might after all enter production, including the Fluence ZE that could be distributed around the world with the help of a number of partners.

“The signature of this agreement is a step forward for Renault’s electric vehicle strategy. Fluence ZE will be the first Renault passenger electric vehicle launched in 2011 in more than 20 countries worldwide. It will be an attractive and spacious electric family car that will enjoy highly competitive running costs compared to conventional vehicles," Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO said in a release after signing an agreement with Better Place.

Renault Nissan will also build li-ion battery plants in the United Kingdom and Portugal, with each facility to boast an estimated capacity of 60,000 units per year.

The UK production site will be located in Sunderland, the same place where Nissan already owns a manufacturing facility while in Portugal the final site is yet to be chosen.
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