Nissan Begins Construction of Portuguese Battery PlantBy Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., PRNE
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Plant Will Supply Batteries for Alliance's Electric Vehicles in Europe
CACIA, Portugal, February 11, 2011 - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has begun construction of a
state-of-the-art, advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Cacia, Portugal to
support the rollout of electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance in
The battery plant is being built on a 30,450-square meter plot
of land belonging to the Renault CACIA gearbox assembly plant following an
investment of 156 million euros. The facility will start operations in
December 2012 and will have a total capacity of 50,000 units a year. About
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 Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga, speaking at the
Last April, Nissan began construction of a battery plant in
Sunderland, United Kingdom, 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 Executive Vice-President of
Corporate Planning, Product Planning and Programs, said: "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 benefitted from
support from the Portuguese government who shares the Alliance's vision for
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.
The Alliance is taking a comprehensive approach towards the
mass-marketing of electric vehicles which encompasses both the product and
the infrastructure. To date, Renault and Nissan have entered into more than
90 partnerships with governments, municipal authorities and companies around
the world to put in place the necessary incentives and infrastructure for the
successful adoption of such vehicles.
In 2008, Portugal became the first country in Europe to
partner with the Alliance for zero-emission mobility. The country is building
an extensive network of charging stations and this summer expects to have
installed 1,350 units across the nation, including 50 quick chargers.
Nissan delivered nine Nissan LEAFs to the Portuguese electric
mobility consortium MOBI.E and one to the Portuguese government in December
ahead of the car's official launch to individual customers in Europe shortly.
CONTACT: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Communications CSR Department Global Communications CSR and IR Division Tel: +81-(0)45-523-5521 Nissan Europe, SAS Mia Nielsen: +33-1-72-67-66-44 email@example.com www.newsroomnissan-europe.com www.nissan-newsroom.com/JPN/en/ www.nissan-zeroemission.com/EN/ Nissan Iberia, SA - Portugal Antonio Pereira Joaquim +351-96-2062633 firstname.lastname@example.org
B-roll and photos of the groundbreaking ceremony will be available on
www.newsroomnissan-europe.com from 3 PM CET Friday, Feb. 11.
CONTACT: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Communications CSR Department, Global Communications CSR and IR Division, Tel: +81-(0)45-523-5521; Nissan Europe, SAS: Mia Nielsen: +33-1-72-67-66-44, mnielsen at nissan-europe.com; Nissan Iberia, SA - Portugal, Antonio Pereira Joaquim, +351-96-2062633, antonio-pereira.joaquim at nissan.pt
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