Nissan announced that it has started to construct a lithium-ion battery plant in Cacia, Portugal, which is scheduled to begin operations in December 2012. An investment of 156 million euros was put up to have this new facility, which is expected to create about 200 jobs. The battery plant, which is being constructed on a 30,450 sqm lot, will have a total capacity of 50,000 units a year.
The project also benefits from the backing of the Portuguese government, which shares the Alliance’s vision for zero-emission mobility. Last April, Nissan began construction of a battery plant in Sunderland, United Kingdom.
This plant will start operations in early 2012 with an annual capacity of 60,000 units. Meanwhile, Renault’s battery plant in Flins, France will have a total production capacity of 100,000 units a year.
At the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cacia plant, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said that this plant will be one of three facilities in Europe that supplies batteries to electric vehicles built by the Alliance, beginning with the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.
Shiga said that with these three plants, the Alliance will be able to roll out electric vehicles in Europe on an “unprecedented scale,” a step closer to having a future with zero emissions.
It’s anticipated that by 2015, the Alliance will be able to produce 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries at its plants worldwide.
In 2008, Portugal was recognized for being the first country in Europe to partner with the Alliance for zero-emission mobility. Portugal is creating an extensive network of charging stations and by summer, 1,350 units should already be installed across the nation, including 50 quick chargers.