In Beijing signed a package of documents for the establishment of the Novosibirsk region of Russia’s first production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for buses and vans with electric motors.
The total budget of the project to create the region’s manufacturing plant batteries is estimated at 13.58 billion rubles.
To implement the project the company "Lithium-ion technology", its participants will be state-owned corporation "RUSNANO" and China’s Thunder Sky Group Limited.
"RUSNANO" will contribute to the share capital funds — 2.09 billion rubles, and will provide a loan of $ 5.5 billion dollars. The Chinese side will invest 2.09 billion rubles similar in the form of cash, technology and intellectual property. Co-investor company will provide a loan of 3.9 billion rubles.
The project will build a plant in Novosibirsk, equipped with 4 automated production lines of the company Thunder Sky with more than 500 jobs in the field of high technologies. In addition to industrial activity in the region will be conducted research work is planned to establish the operational and marketing division for the markets of Russia and Eastern Europe.
In Novosibirsk will produce lithium-ion battery designed primarily for installation in buses and vans with electric motors. According to experts, "RUSNANO", the cost of transportation in cars with electric motors on average 7 times lower than internal combustion engines, in addition, electric transport more environmentally friendly to use. Lithium-ion batteries can be used as energy storage devices in the telecommunications, uninterruptible power supplies, and power generation. Supplier of cathode material and lithium will be key components of the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP). In prospect, the full import substitution of the original components.
The plant is scheduled for the second half of 2011. The installed production capacity by 2012 will amount to 400 million A / h per year (can be equipped more than 12,000 units of electric transport). In the first 4 years of the company Thunder Sky plans to buy most of its products in order to fulfill contracts with Chinese automakers. In the future we plan to supply the Russian market.
Currently, Thunder Sky (China) is the only company in the world in mass production of rechargeable high capacity batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage. The greatest demand for batteries for electric vehicles now account for Europe, the U.S. and China. The market has a huge potential for long-term growth: it is assumed that 10% of cars in the world in the near future will be electrified, and the market of batteries for them, according to a McKinsey, could reach $ 60 billion dollars.