Envision AESC Will Build a New Gigafactory in Spain

published: 2022-06-23 9:30 | editor: | category: News

Chinese battery manufacturer Envision AESC announced a new overseas project on June 3. Specifically, the company will build a new gigafactory in Spain. Named VENERGY+, the new gigafactory will be located in in the municipality of Navalmoral de la Mata, which is a part of the Spanish province Cáceres. With a production capacity of 30GWh per year, the new gigafactory is scheduled to enter operation in 2025.

Envision AESC said the new gigafactory will adopt the net-zero manufacturing system that has been developed in-house. This means that its operation will be carbon neutral, and 100% of its power supply will come from renewable sources. Moreover, the company will be establishing a local battery industry ecosystem that encompasses smart EV charging, battery recycling, and other related technological innovations for the different phases of the battery lifecycle.

As a part of the Envision Group, Envision AESC touts itself as a global leader in smart battery technologies. The company engages in the research, design, manufacturing, and sales of batteries for mobility and energy storage applications. Envision AESC began in 2018, when the Envision Group sought to acquire Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) from Japanese carmaker Nissan in 2018. AESC was Nissan’s EV battery business unit. Through this deal, Envision was able to quickly cross over from the field of energy production to the field of battery for applications related to consumer products and mobility solutions. Following the completion of the acquisition in April 2019, Envision formed Envision AESC, whose core technologies originated from Nissan and are thus recognized and trusted by customers in the international market.

As of now, Envision AESC has serviced more than 600,000 EVs in 44 countries, and its record has not been blemished by a major safety incident. Moving forward, Envision AESC will continue to collaborate with the leading carmakers so as to accelerate to the net-zero transition of the global transportation network.

Strategic partners of Envision AESC now include many major automotive brands such as Nissan, Renault, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz. In order to meet the future demand for EV batteries from these international carmakers, Envision AESC have plans to build gigafactories in France, Japan, the UK, and the US. Again, these plants will incorporate smart green manufacturing solutions so as to ensure net-zero operation.

While rapidly rolling out overseas capacity expansion projects, Envision AESC is also expediting the construction of its net-zero manufacturing hubs in the home country. Several capacity expansion projects are currently taking place in Wuxi (Jiangsu), Ordos (Inner Mongolia), and Shiyan (Hubei), etc.

It is also worth noting that the model of a net-zero industrial park developed by Envision AESC is being adopted in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. The company said it will be working with its partners to build 100 net-zero industrial parks around the world over the next decade. This undertaking could curb as much as 1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions per year.

Presently, Envision AESC has 10 major manufacturing hubs as well as numerous R&D centers and engineering workshops in China and other countries. Some of them have already being built and are in operation, while others are still under construction or in the planning phase. The company aims to have more than 300GWh per year of green production capacity for batteries by 2025.

Envision AESC’s Major Manufacturing Hubs

Location

Development Progress

Wuxi (China)

The company announced the plan to set up an EV battery production base in Wuxi in 2019. The total production capacity of the base is set at 20GWh per year. The first phase entered operation in 2021, and the construction of the second phase commenced on February 7, 2021. The total investment in this project is estimated around CNY 5 billion.

Ordos (China)

The company is building a battery production base in Ordos. Spanning an area of 1,000 mu, the base will be used to manufacture batteries equipped in EVs and energy storage systems. It will also include facilities that would round out a battery industry chain. The total production capacity of the base is set at 20GWh per year. The first phase (10GWh) entered operation in April 8, 2022.

Shiyan (China)

The company broke ground on a battery production base in Shiyan in March 2022. With its production capacity set at 40GWh per year, the base will be used manufacture batteries equipped in EVs and energy storage systems. The project will be developed over two phases, with 10GWh being added each phase.

Navalmoral de la Mata (Spain)

The company plans to set up an EV battery production base in Navalmoral de la Mata. Its production capacity is set at 30GWh per year and will be used to supply products to carmakers worldwide.

Douai (France)

The company will investing USD 2.9 billion in a battery production base in Douai. The production capacity of the base is expected to reach around 43GWh per year by 2030, and half of it will be used to meet the demand from Renault.

Kanagawa (Japan)

 

The company’s first battery plant in Japan is located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Its operating production capacity is currently at 2.6GWh per year.

Ibaraki (Japan)

The company is currently developing another battery production base in Ibaraki Prefecture. The production capacity of the base is set at 18GWh, which would be sufficient to meet the battery demand of 300,000 EVs per year. It will be used to manufacture the company’s next-generation batteries. The first phase is scheduled to enter operation in 2024.

Sunderland (UK)

The company has selected Sunderland as the site of its first gigafactory in the UK. The base is scheduled to enter operation in 2025 with an initial production capacity of 25GWh per year. It could ramp up to a maximum of 35GWh per year. It should be noted that these estimated production capacity figures are subject to further revisions.

Tennessee (US)

The company has set up a battery production base in Tennessee. The base entered operation in 2012 and now has a production capacity of around 3GWh per year. The total production of the base is planned at 20.3GWh per year.

Kentucky (US)

The company announced in April 2022 that it will invest USD 2 billion in a battery production base in Kentucky. With its production capacity planned at 40GWh per year, the base will be used to supply high-quality EV batteries to carmakers worldwide.

This article is a translation of a Chinese article written by Marry at TrendForce. It contains information that is either sourced from other news outlets or accessible in the public domain.

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