Renault and Nissan made it known many months ago that they intended to build lithium ion battery plants in Europe to supply all of the electric vehicles that they will be introducing in the next several years. The first battery plant will be going to Portugal and will be located at an existing Renault complex 155 miles north of Lisbon. The plant will have an initial capacity of supplying packs for 50,000 vehicles a year from 2012.

The alliance partners will spend €160 Million on the battery plant and create 200 new jobs. The automakers will start supplying electric vehicles in Portugal in early 2011 and the government there will install a network of 1,300 public charging stations. Construction of the facility will start in mid-2010. This marks the third location for Renault-Nissan battery production; the others are in Japan and Smyrna, Tennessee. No launch date for U.S. construction or production has been announced.


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Renault-Nissan Alliance announces battery plant site for Portugal

Lisbon (Portugal) – The Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced the location for the planned battery production site in Portugal. The announcement was made today in Lisbon by Prime Minister Jose Socrates and Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The new plant, which will manufacture advanced lithium-ion batteries, will be located at the Renault CACIA (Companhia Aveirense de Componentes para a Indústria Automóvel) industrial complex located in Aveiro, about 250km north of the capital, Lisbon.

In July of this year, Nissan confirmed its intention to invest into a production plant to supply batteries for electric vehicles to be produced by the Renault- Nissan Alliance. Construction of the plant will start in 2010 with production commencing in 2012. Projected annual capacity is 50,000 units.

Prime Minister Jose Socrates said: "After becoming a leading country in renewables, Portugal aims being a pioneer in electrical mobility as it is developing a nationwide charging network for EVs. The battery factory of the Renault-Nissan Alliance reinforces Portugal's role as a place to research, produce and test components and solutions for EVs.

Carlos Ghosn said: "We have been consistently impressed with the forward- looking and proactive attitude of the Portuguese government towards the introduction of mass-marketed zero-emission vehicles. Our ability to make this
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investment utilizing the Renault CACIA facility makes this a win-win for Portugal and for the Alliance."
Under the agreement with the Government of Portugal, Nissan will invest over €160 Million in the new facility and directly create 200 new jobs at the plant. This investment follows the announcement in November 2008 that Portugal will work with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to implement a zero emission mobility program from 2010. Within this plan, the Alliance will supply its electric vehicles from January 2011, and the Portuguese government will leverage an extensive network of 1,300 planned recharging stations that will be installed across the country over the coming two years.

"Among the world's automakers, Renault and Nissan are unique in our strategy to create a network of battery production facilities," said Hideaki Watanabe, Alliance Managing Director of the Renault-Nissan zero emission business. "Portugal joins a growing list of countries making significant commitments to the reality of zero-emission mobility."

The Renault-Nissan Alliance – the world's third largest automotive group by volume – is committed to being a leader in zero-emission mobility. Starting with the Nissan LEAF in late 2010, the Alliance has already announced plans for seven electric vehicles to be mass marketed under the Renault, Nissan and Infiniti brands. In addition to Portugal, the Alliance has also confirmed battery production locations in France, Japan, the US and the UK.