Renault leaks may compromise designs by Nissan, LG, Better Place, sources say

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2011

Two sources disclosed that alleged leaks of Renault SA electric-car secrets may have compromised affiliate Nissan Motor Co.'s battery blueprints, as well as designs by LG Chem Ltd. and Better Place.

The people said that Renault is accusing three executives of knowingly passing on strategic data. These executives had access to designs for Nissan and LG power packs and battery-management systems supplied by California-based Better Place.

An investigation is ongoing. One of these sources said that Nissan, which designed batteries in a venture with NEC Corp. for its Leaf electric car and models planned by its French partner, is waiting to get more information from Renault on how likely its intellectual property would be exposed.

California-based Better Place, the company founded by former SAP AG executive Shai Agassi, has teamed up with Renault to build and operate electric-car charging networks and battery-exchanging stations in Denmark and Israel.

Meanwhile, South Korea- based LG has a contract to supply batteries to the French carmaker to cope with demand in excess of the Renault-Nissan alliance's manufacturing capacity. The sources said that it has yet to be determined if any of the Renault partners' designs were actually leaked. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: renault, nissan, design

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...
by - June 22, 2017
The automotive world is intensely competitive given the growing number of players, but the British car manufacturer is adamantly holding on to its spot. The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, priced...
by - June 22, 2017
Audi’s all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, had been discontinued last October after being in the market for under two years. The electric vehicle was then exclusive to the European market...
by - June 22, 2017
Dodge has made it clear to everyone, including its potential buyers, that the Challenger SRT Demon is a street-legal drag car - that it is unlike any of your ordinary...
by - June 22, 2017
After a number of failed attempts, Tesla finally gets an Arizona dealership license by winning a court battle that allows them to sell directly to consumers. The automotive dealer license...
by - June 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries