Shanghai-based energy group Envision has agreed a deal to become the majority owner of Nissan’s international lithium-ion batteries business.
The definitive agreement with Envision comes just two months after Nissan’s proposed sale of the business to Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital fell through.
The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.
Pratt (pictured) will take up the post of MD at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)— part of the UK government’s Faraday Institution— next month.
Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is to supply batteries for Renault’s Kangoo ZE electric vehicle range, BBB has confirmed.
And Renault’s EV “alliance” partner, Nissan, has told BBB it will also use Chinese-made batteries for its first mass-produced Sylphy Zero Emission EVfor China— although it declined to name the supplier.
Nissan has opened an electric vehicle battery recycling facility in Japan which will also provide energy storage systems for the area.
The plant in Namie will be run by 4R Energy, a joint venture between Nissan and the Sumitomo Corporation.
Just months after selling its Japan-based electric vehicles batteries business to China, Nissan is in talks with Thailand’s government about starting battery production there, BBB has confirmed.
Nissan regional senior vice-president Yutaka Sanada said during a Nissan conference in Thailand the country’s military government is “keen to support investment” in batteries and EV production, a Nissan spokesperson said.
Nissan has launched a second-life EV battery storage venture, Nissan Energy Solar, targeting UK homes.
The new business, announced on 18 January, will offer a solar plus storage system jointly developed with Eaton.
Zhenjiang in China is to be the new headquarters and production base for the now Chinese-owned Nissan electric vehicles batteries business, state media has reported.
The new Nissan batteries complex will be set up in the Zhenjiang New District in Jiangsu Province at a cost of around CNY12.5 billion ($1.9bn), according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
Camel Group has become the latest Chinese battery maker set to invest in the takeover of Nissan’s battery business led by private equity firm GSR Capital Advisors.
The announcement came after Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibre said it too would invest as a partner in the buyout deal.