The long-awaited and “necessary” first gigafactory of batteries for electric cars in Spain could be announced this year. “We cannot miss the train”, said Arturo Pérez de Lucia, general director of the Business Association for the Development and Promotion of Electric Mobility in Spain (AEDIVE), has warned in an interview with Europa Press.
“I hope we will have news this year, because it is something that has been working intensely for more than a year and the characteristics are beginning to be specified of the projects “, has advanced Pérez de Lucia.
Specifically, it has asserted that there are companies such as Schneider Electric or LG who have already shown interest in this project. In fact, both entities already sounded like possible ‘saviors’ of Nissan Barcelona after the departure of the Japanese manufacturer, although the Government started talks with more interested parties, such as a Swedish manufacturer of batteries for electric cars whose name was not disclosed.
Be that as it may, Pérez de Lucia’s words stating that it has been in the making for a long time and that both the French firm and the South Korean giant would be considering this possibility, inevitably urges us to think of Nissan Barcelona as a possible candidate to be the Spanish battery giant factory. In any case, for the moment they are conjectures and we will have to wait to know more details.
Spain needs a gigafactory of batteries for electric cars
“A battery factory in Spain would allow us to have a circular economy around electric mobility, Pérez de Lucia explained, emphasizing that Spain has”the second largest lithium mine in Europe“, one of the elements used in the construction of this type of electric car components.
“Pure electric cars, plug-in hybrids, recharging points and all the ‘back office’ behind the charging points are manufactured, which would be power converters or voltage transformers; second-life battery, and We would only have to complete that chain with a battery factory“, has related.
Regarding the transformation of the Spanish factories, Pérez de Lucia considers that it is “very easy, since only the combustion engine line should be removed. That change would be very simple, so we do not have to worry beyond the market that tells us when the plug-in hybrid would stop making sense. “
In addition, the new facility will help mitigate the long delay that Europe is leading in the race to manufacture batteries for electric cars, since only 3% are currently produced in European countries. In any case, the manufacturers of the Old Continent have stepped on the accelerator in recent years, leading to interesting developments such as, for example, the German Volkswagen and Northvolt gigafactory which will start operating in 2024.
The world is experiencing an “industrial, technological and service revolution in electric mobility”, said Pérez de Lucia, while emphasizing the importance that it will have not only in the advancement of the sector, but also for employment in Spain.
“It would allow us increase competitiveness and employment in a very important part of the automotive industry, that of components, which is suffering and will suffer more not only because of the electric car, but because cars will have fewer and fewer components and will be more automated, “concluded the manager.
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