Renault-Nissan to Build Li-Ion Battery Plants in the UK, Portugal

The Renault-Nissan alliance continues its ambitious green plans and today announced its decision to invest in two battery manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and Portugal. The two facilities are expected to produce lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicles manufactured by Renault and Nissan and projected to arrive on the market in 2011. Each plant will have an annual capacity of 60,000 units, the alliance said in a statement.

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 picked.

“Nissan’s investment in a new battery plant and its hope to start producing electric vehicles here in Sunderland is great news for the local economy, creating up to 350 direct jobs and creating and safeguarding hundreds more in the associated supply chain. This investment is also hugely significant as we embark on Building Britain’s Future, our plan for recovery and beyond powered by low carbon, high technology industries, products and services," UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

“Sunderland could now be a strong contender to produce electric vehicles for Nissan in Europe, and we will continue to work with Nissan to ensure this happens.”

In Portugal, Nissan will invest around 250 million euro and will create approximately 200 jobs, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, explained.

“Portugal is one of the first countries in the world to have a national wide charging network for Electric Vehicles, named Mobi-E. This leadership has only been possible thanks to Portugal’s decisive move towards renewable energies - 43% of electricity consumed is produced from clean energies. The introduction of EV will allow the reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel energy dependence on the exterior," he said.
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