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Monday, 22nd June 2009
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Nissan 'to open electric car plant in USA'

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is to open a £600 million production facility for electric cars in the USA, according to a press report.

The Nikkei Business Daily states that the automaker is seeking loans from the US government to bring production of the eco-friendly vehicles to a new site in Smyrna, Tennessee.

According to the report, the company will be allying with Japanese computer manufacturer NEC to work on the lithium-ion battery technology required to power the cars.

It is hoped the investment, which will begin at 50 billion yen (£318 million) but could rise to 100 billion yen depending on demand, will allow Nissan to produce up to 100,000 environmentally-friendly cars per year by 2012.

Electric and hybrid car technology has been enjoying notable success in Japan in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, Toyota's new model Prius hybrid was reported as being the number one selling car in May, the second month in a row that a hybrid had topped the Japanese auto sales charts.

Written by Graham McPherson

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