Nissan Motor Co. has started construction of a lithium-ion battery plant in Portugal to support the roll out of EVs from the Renault-Nissan alliance in Europe.
The plant is being built on land belonging to the Renault CACIA gearbox assembly plant in Cacia, northern Portugal. The alliance has invested 156 million euros ($211 million) in the project.
The factory will start operations in December 2012 and will have a total capacity of 50,000 units a year. About 200 jobs are expected to be created.
Last April, Nissan began construction of a battery plant in Sunderland, England., which will start operations in early 2012 with an annual capacity of 60,000 units. Renault's battery plant in Flins, France, will have a capacity of 100,000 units a year.
“Together, the three plants will enable the alliance to roll out electric vehicles in Europe on an unprecedented scale, bringing the world one step closer to a zero-emission future,” Nissan's COO Toshiyuki Shiga, said on Friday in a statement.