The results achieved by the R&D Laboratory of Renault and the CEA in new-generation batteries for electric vehicles have made it possible to enter the preparation phase for industrial production, to begin in 2017 in France, with the contribution of the South Korean battery manufacturer, LG Chem, a world leader in the sector.
Commenting, CEA Chairman Bernard Bigot said, "The strategic cooperation agreement between Renault and CEA, begun in 2010, perfectly illustrates the effectiveness of close scientific and technical cooperation between a private company and a public organization, something we have been able to achieve. Creating economic value and employment, this model has enabled France to quickly take a leading world position in zero-emission technologies for automobiles."
As part of a three-party Renault-CEA-LG Chem agreement, to be signed in September 2012, LG Chem will work on developing the technology of the new-generation battery which will be produced in new facilities to be constructed in France.
The laboratory, which has received an annual budget of around €15 million since 2010, has now reached a sufficient stage of maturity to plan life-sized tests with a manufacturer.
The partnership currently involves 200 people, two-thirds CEA, one-third Renault, working at the CEA sites in Grenoble and Saclay and Renault's Technocentre in Guyancourt.
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