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Envision joins race to build UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 11:25 -- paul Crompton
Envision joins race to build UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Envision Group has joined the race to build the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory that will form part of a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) electric vehicle hub.

The company will invest £450 million ($622 million) to build the gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Formal planning for an initial 9GWh plant is about to begin, with Envision potentially investing up to £1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) to reach to 25GWh capacity by 2030 with potential on site for up to 35GWh. 

Envision AESC, the battery arm of Envision Group, already owns and operates a battery plant in Sunderland, established in 2012 to supply batteries to Nissan.

Envision plans to manufacture batteries for up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year at the gigafactory that will sit opposite the Nissan plant.

Lei Zhang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Group, said: "His commitment builds on our long-term partnership with Nissan. It will put the North East at the heart of a new EV hub in the UK, collaborating on R&D around the whole battery lifecycle, from storage, to second life use, V2G smart charging and closed loop recycling." 

The gigafactory is part of the Nissan EV36Zero hub, which will bring together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production at one site. 

The billion-dollar project has been launched with investment by Nissan, Envision AESC, and Sunderland City Council.

Nissan will invest up to £423 million ($585 million) to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK. 

Nissan started production in Sunderland in July 1986. 

Race to build a gigafactory

According to the Faraday Institution, the UK will need eight gigafactories to meet domestic demand from EV and energy storage system developers.

Joining the race for the UK’s first gigafactory is Britishvolt, which announced last December it was set to build its plant in the North East of England— five months after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Welsh government.

The company plans to begin construction of its plant in the Summer of 2021 after acquiring exclusive rights to a site in Blyth Northumberland. 

Read more about the Britishvolt’s plans in the Autumn 2020 edition of BEST magazine HERE

France gigafactory

Envision AESC is partnering with Renault Group to develop a 9GWh gigafactory in Douai by 2024, with aim of reaching 24GWh six-years later. 

Envision will invest up to €2 billion ($2.3 billion) to produce batteries for electric models, including the future Renault R5, at the plant in Douai situated near to Renault ElectriCity production sites at Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz.

Lei Zhang, founder and chief executive officer of Envision Group, said: “This first phase development will unlock future large-scale investment to grow the local supply chain and develop the whole life cycle opportunities of batteries, including energy storage, battery reuse, smart charging and closed loop recycling.”

 

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Latin America demonstrates region’s first V2G system with Nissan EV

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:39 -- paul Crompton
Latin America demonstrates region’s first V2G system with Nissan EV

A vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project to test the ability of OEM Nissan’s LEAF electric vehicle to both charge and supply power to a building has begun in Santiago, Chile.

The bi-directional vehicle charging system has been delivered through a partnership between US demand response firm Enel X, the Energy Sustainability Agency and the Japanese carmaker.

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Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:17 -- Hugh Finzel
Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Singaporean conglomerate the Keppel Corporation is buying into the lithium-ion batteries business with a US$50 million minority stake in Shanghai-based energy group Envision.

Keppel, whose businesses include infrastructure, offshore and marine and asset management, said its investment will “deepen our insights into the fast-growing electric vehicle market”.

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Envision investment deal for 'advanced' China NCM plant

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has confirmed plans to build "the world's most advanced" nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM 811) battery production line as part of an investment and cooperation agreement with US-based investment firm Sequoia Capital.

Envision, which agreed a deal to become the majority owner of Nissan’s international lithium-ion batteries business in 2018, said the manufacturing facility in Wuxi, in China's Jiangsu Province, will produce "high-safety, high-energy density and high-endurance power batteries" with an eventual annual production capacity of some 20 gigawatt-hours.

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Auto partners commit to battery-tech investments as chief is sacked

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Carlos Ghosn

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has pledged to continue its activities including development of next-generation batteries following the sacking of the alliance’s chief.

Carlos Ghosn (pictured) was removed as chairman of Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan after his arrest in Japan over allegations of misconduct.

Last month, the alliance’s investment arm said it was stepping up its investment in fast-charge battery technology research.

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Auto alliance invests in Enevate’s advanced LIB tech

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Enevate batteries

International automotive partnership Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Ventures is stepping up its investment in fast-charge battery technology research.

The partners’ investment arm, Alliance Ventures, said it has invested in a round of funding for the Enevate Corporation— a Californian advanced lithium-ion battery tech developer.

Enevate’s “silicon-dominant lithium-ion HD-Energy Technology features extreme fast-charging capabilities with high energy density and improved safety”, Alliance Ventures said.

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Second life for Nissan batteries in Endesa power plant

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Melilla power plant

Spanish utility Endesa is to re-use batteries taken from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles in a “pioneering” storage system at its Melilla power plant.

Endesa said the system at the oil- and gas-powered plant, in the Spanish enclave city of Melilla in Morocco, will use more than 90 interconnected batteries from EVs to create a 4 megawatt storage unit with a with a maximum storage capacity of 1.7 megawatt-hours.

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Envision to build China battery plant on back of Nissan deal

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:44 -- Hugh Finzel
Envision CEO and founder Lei Zhang. Photo: Envision

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has unveiled plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in China and upgrade production facilities it has acquired following its takeover of Nissan’s international lithium-ion business.

Envision CEO Zhang Lei (pictured) told the China Daily his company plans to build the plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in a bid to drive down the cost of lithium batteries driving accelerating growth in China’s EV market.

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Nissan selling batteries unit to China’s Envision

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:48 -- John Shepherd
Lei Zhang

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.

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Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Nissan has called off the sale of its batteries business to Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital, saying the buyer failed to raise the cash required.

A number of Chinese firms including lithium manufacturer Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibreand lead-acid battery maker Camel had said they would join GSR in the reported $1 billion acquisition of Nissan subsidiary Automotive Energy Supply Corp and manufacturing operations in Japan, the UK and US.

 

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