ELECTRIC CAR DEALERS, INC.
(NYSE: EED) has won an order from the French government to build a new lithium-based battery plant at a facility in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the company announced Wednesday.
The deal, which is expected to be worth about $300 million, is a significant win for JVS, which has struggled to attract new orders in recent months amid low battery production rates and competition from electric vehicles (EVs).
The French government has awarded JVS a $4.4 billion contract to produce batteries for the country’s electricity grid, the state-owned French energy company said in a statement.
The contract will be awarded within 30 days of signing and will see JVS build and supply lithium-air batteries for local power grids.JVS will be building the battery plant in a state-of-the-art battery factory at the French port city of Saint-Roch.
It will employ about 1,500 people, and the plant will produce 1,600,000 kilowatt hours of lithium-cell batteries a year.
The company said the contract was in addition to a $3.3 billion contract awarded in May to the United States-based JQR Capital to develop and manufacture batteries for electric vehicles.JQR is also the parent company of a lithium-sulfur battery manufacturer, LSR Industries, which builds the lithium-polymer battery technology for electric vehicle batteries.
JQA recently agreed to sell its stake in LSR to the Chinese company Suntech.
JVS has long been known for its battery technology, and last year it was awarded a $2.8 billion contract from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to build two new battery factories in China and Japan.
However, the plant that will build the new plant in France is expected not to be a new battery plant, but rather an upgrade of the existing one in a French industrial park, which JVS is not allowed to build in France.
In the future, JVS will build batteries for both EVs and natural gas-powered vehicles.
“We are delighted that the government is committed to our continued success in building and powering France’s economy,” said JVS President and CEO Jean-Pierre J. Guillemin in a written statement.
At the same time, he said, the contract “will contribute to France’s growth and employment.”
In a separate statement, the French Energy Ministry said it was “committed to the countrys growth and competitiveness.”