Nissan makes zero emissions move in Europe

Nissan makes zero emissions move in Europe

In doing so, the Renault-Nissan Alliance marks the first significant step towards producing batteries for its Zero Emission Mobility Program in Europe.

The two governments have offered to extend financial assistance and other support to ensure that Nissan locates the proposed plants within their respective countries.

The UK site, which will be located in Sunderland where Nissan already has an existing manufacturing facility, will be the Nissan European Mother Site for Battery production and the centrepiece of the newly established Low Carbon Economic Area in the North East of England.

Several possible sites for the battery plant have been identified in Portugal, and the final selection will be announced at a later date.

In June last year, the Portuguese government signed an agreement with 25 cities and key motorways and parking players to implement a recharging network that will secure full coverage of the country. A prototype of those recharging stations has been developed by a Portuguese consortium in collaboration with Nissan.

In November 2008, Portugal became the first European country to sign a final agreement with the Alliance for implementing a zero emission mobility program from 2010.

The two plants are scheduled to supply the advanced lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to be produced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The projected annual capacity for each plant is 60,000 units.

The Alliance continues its discussion with other governments in Europe to identify other battery plant locations to meet volume requirements.

Beginning in 2010, Renault-Nissan will offer electric vehicles in the US and Japan ahead of mass marketing to consumers in 2012 globally.

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