Nissan and the Portuguese Government are in discussions to establish the manufacturer's second Lithium-Ion battery manufacturing facility in Portugal.
The Portuguese Government and Nissan recently signed a Letter of Intent to study the establishment of a lithium-ion battery plant in Portugal . This could make Portugal the second country, after Japan , where Nissan would invest in a full-scale manufacturing facility for its advanced lithium-ion batteries.
The establishment of a plant and a supply base with the cooperation of the Portuguese government would position the country at the core of Nissan's plans to mass market electric vehicles in Europe and globally by 2012.
In November, Portugal became the first European country to sign a final agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance for implementing a zero emission mobility program. The plan calls for 1,300 vehicle charging locations to be ready by 2011 and various incentives for electric vehicle buyers, including income tax reductions.
"Defining the principles under which we would create a battery manufacturing base in Portugal is a significant milestone for Nissan. It will also clearly position Portugal at the forefront of Europe's shift to zero emissions." said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co.
Automotive Energy Supply (AESC), Nissan's joint venture with NEC, will start producing lithium-ion batteries in Nissan's Zama facility ( Japan ) next spring. Annual production capacity will be 65,000 units with initial start-up level of 13,000 units. AESC aims to become a leader in battery technology by producing batteries that offer superior performance, reliability, safety, versatility and cost competitiveness.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun zero emission initiatives with Israel , Denmark , Portugal , the Principality of Monaco, the French utility company EDF, the Swiss electric utility company Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS) as well as the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon and Sonoma County in northern California in the US . In Japan , the Alliance has partnered with the Prefecture of Kanagawa and the City of Yokohama.
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Source: Nissan Press
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