Nissan to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries next year

Nissan is going to start mass-producing lithium-ion batteries for LEVs next-year as it makes its major attempt to catch up in the green car segment. Planning an initial output of 13,000 units a year, Nissan expects total production output to climb to 65,000 by 2011. Nissan is aiming to sell electric vehicles worldwide by 2012.

The lithium-ion batteries will be produced by Automotive Energy Supply Corp., a joint venture between Nissan and Japanese electric giant, NEC Corp.

“We are going directly to zero-emissions vehicle positioning, and we are trying to go there as fast as we can,” Nissan Executive Vice President Carlos Tavares said.

As reported last week, Nissan sees a potential for 10 million global electric car sales per year in cities such as New York, Washington, London, Paris and Mumbai, India.


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