Envision AESC CEO Zhang Lei revealed recently that the upcoming battery gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), adjacent to the Nissan plant in Sunderland, UK, might have a higher manufacturing capacity than initially anticipated.

According to the first target, it was expected that the new factory will produce 9 GWh of lithium-ion cells annually, starting in 2024, with a potential to reach 35 GWh later.

The latest target is slightly higher - 11 GWh at the beginning and 38 GWh potential.

Envision AESC (formerly AESC - Nissan and NEC's JV - acquired by the Envision Group in 2019, in which Nissan - as far as we know - still holds a 20% share) is a battery arm of global green tech company Envision Group

The new Envision AESC plant is crucial to Nissan's plan to launch a new electric crossover/SUV, based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-EV all-electric platform. This new model will replace the Nissan LEAF, which has been produced in Sunderland since 2012 alongside batteries at a much smaller 1.9 GWh plant at the site.

Zhang Lei said also that the company is looking for other automotive customers in the UK.

Let's summarize Envision AESC battery projects:

Upcoming batteries plants:

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