Lithium ion batteries production for electric vehicles in Russia

Investments in the project exceed 13.5 billion rubles. The plant, which covers more than 40,000-m2, was built in record time: nine months from start to finish. The Liotech plant will produce batteries of various capacities (200 Ah, 300 Ah, and 700 Ah) using environmentally safe nanostructured cathode material of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4). Among all materials used in mass production, this one provides the best battery properties.

The new factory has design capacity of more than 1 GWh or approximately one million batteries per year. Capacity is sufficient to equip 500,000 electric buses with batteries.

Liotech produces service-free lithium-ion batteries that are distinguished for their high energy density. They are capable of working in a wide range of temperatures. These characteristics give Liotech batteries considerable breadth of use-in electric vehicle transport and in electric power generation as storage systems and sources of uninterruptible power supply. Additionally, after their use in electric transport, these batteries can be used for 10 years to 15 years as batteries for the electric-power industry. Use of these types of batteries is absolutely safe for the environment.

The company has already signed a number of contracts for battery supply prior to commissioning the plant, which indicates the high demand for Liotech’s products. Prime customer MOBEL has already concluded a three-billion-ruble contract for batteries.

"The new factory is an outstanding example of the local impact of transferring the foreign high technology. It has led to construction of modern production facilities. When plant capacity has been met, more than 500 individuals will be employed. In realizing a program to replace imports, we are creating an entire cluster of new high-tech production for materials and components related to the batteries and also an engineering center which is an excellent synergy," RUSNANO Managing Director Sergey Polikarpov said.

Liotech is a joint enterprise of RUSNANO and international holding company Thunder Sky. Liotech produces high-capacity lithium-ion batteries based on production technology from Thunder Sky whose batteries have been awarded international certificates for large-scale production. The batteries are easily adaptable to series of transportation models. They have been used and enhanced in municipal passenger and cargo electric transport in China, Europe, and the United States for more than five years.

Liotech’s production base is located in Novosibirsk Oblast at the PNK-Tolmachevo industrial-logistics park. The factory meets all standards for technological and environmental safety.