Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), the automotive Li-ion joint venture between Nissan Motor, NEC and NEC Tokin (earlier post), has begun trial production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for a wide range of automotive applications at its Zama Operations Center.
With start-up pack capacity at 13,000 units/year, AESC will gradually ramp up production to 65,000 units/year by 2010.
AESC is currently producing laminated lithium-ion cells using a manganese spinel cathode material (LiMn2O4). AESC will produce the lithium-ion batteries for Nissan’s electric vehicle to be introduced in the US and Japan, as well as Nissan’s original hybrid vehicle, in 2010.
AESC intends to mass produce and market its batteries to any interested automaker, with an aim to become a global leader of advanced battery products and services.