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Saft Confirms Location for Li-ion Battery Factory in Jacksonville, Florida

Following receipt of a $95 million grant from the US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and successful negotiations between Saft, the state of Florida, and the city of Jacksonville, construction will soon begin in Jacksonville for a lithium-ion battery factory.

The total estimated cost of the project is around $200 million.

To be located at Cecil Commerce Center, Saft’s new facility will be a high-volume manufacturing plant building advanced Li-ion cells and systems for military hybrid vehicles, aviation, smart grid support, broadband back-up power and energy storage for renewable energy.

Construction is scheduled to commence within the next few months and be completed before the end of 2010.



Interesting they're not building commercial EV batteries. But Li-ion cells are in great demand in many sectors and growing a new industry in Florida is a good idea.

Now we'd like to see this project duplicated across the country - especially in locations where old industry has been shut down.


"not building commercial EV batteries", sounds silly.

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