Renault delays plans to build a battery plant near Paris

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 16, 2011

Renault has revealed that its project to build a battery factory near Paris in order to supply upcoming electric cars has been delayed. According to the Wednesday reports of the newspaper Les Echos and the magazine L'Usine Nouvelle which cited the CGT union as their source, the plant will not be operating until 2014 or 2015 due to technical constraints. The factory is supposed to start production late next year.

Instead, the company will be buying batteries from South Korea's LG Chem and from AESC, its partner Nissan Motor Co.'s joint venture with NEC, the Les Echos reported. A spokesperson for Renault has confirmed that the plan would be delayed but stated that this would not affect deliveries of early electric vehicles.

The company is due to launch the two-seat Twizy electric vehicles, the Fluence sedan and the Kangoo van. Nissan and Renault are investing 4 billion euros jointly in a bid to lead the industry in EV technology.

The spokesperson declined to comment on when the battery production would start at the site. However, she stated that construction of the new factory would start in the second quarter next year. The company currently produces its popular Clio models in Flins near Paris. It will be producing the electric Zoe there as well.

Topics: renault, france

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