Battery plant

A lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant is due to be built at the Renault CACIA industrial complex in Aveiro, north of Lisbon.

Construction of the plant will start in 2010 and production, with an annual production of 50,000 units, is expected to commence in 2012.

Prime Minister José Sócrates said: “Portugal aims to be a pioneer in electrical mobility as it is developing a nationwide charging network for EVs (electric vehicles). The battery factory of the Renault-Nissan Alliance reinforces Portugal’s role as a place to research, produce and test components and solutions for EVs.”