Rolle, Switzerland – Nissan Motor Company has announced plans to build new lithium ion battery plants in the United Kingdom and Portugal. This marks the first significant step by the Renault-Nissan Alliance to produce batteries for its Zero Emission Mobility Program in Europe.
The U.K. and Portuguese governments have offered to extend financial assistance and other support to ensure that Nissan locates the proposed plants within their respective countries.
The U.K. site will be in Sunderland, where Nissan already has an existing manufacturing facility.
Several sites in Portugal have been identified and the final selection will be announced at a later date. 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. Within this plan, the Alliance will supply its electric vehicles from the spring of 2011, and the Portuguese government will leverage an extensive network of 1,300 recharging stations that will be in place across the country over the next two years.