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Renault’s Chinese Battery Supplier Lowers French Plant Ambitions

  • China’s Envision picks site that limits cell-making capacity
  • Company in talks with other automakers for supply deals
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China’s Envision Group is scaling back the size of its planned electric-vehicle battery plant in northern France, a project developed for Renault SA that could expand to supply other automakers.

Envision AESC, the battery unit of the Shanghai-based parent, aims for a capacity of 30 gigawatt-hours a year or more from the site by 2029, it said in a document posted on the website of French authority CNDP. Earlier this year, the company had projected 43 gigawatt-hours by the end of the decade.