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Nissan and NEC to Form New Company for Advanced Batteries; Leading Company to Mass Produce Lithium-ion Batteries for the Global Automotive Community.

Tokyo, Japan, Apr 13, 2007 - (JCN Newswire) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, and its subsidiary, NEC TOKIN Corporation, have signed an agreement to establish a joint-venture company - Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) - to focus on lithium-ion battery business for wide-scale automotive application by 2009.

Nissan and NEC Group will invest 490 million yen (approx. USD 4.1 million*) in the partnership. AESC is expected to begin operations by the end of April, 2007, and will operate as an independent company. The new company will focus on the development and marketing of advanced lithium-ion batteries, designed to power future generations of electric-powered vehicles. After one year, the partnership will be expanded to include mass production and sales. The new joint venture will become the leading company in mass production of lithium-ion batteries for the global automotive community using pioneering technologies developed by Nissan and NEC Group.

NEC and NEC TOKIN bring expertise in cell technology and battery manufacturing; while Nissan will focus on the cell stack for real-world application in electric-powered vehicles. AESC's core product will be advanced lithium-ion batteries for automotive application and the company will be fully responsible to market its products to other potential customers in the auto industry.

AESC will mass produce lithium-ion batteries with a set of unique properties that makes them a highly competitive and appealing energy-generation solution for automotive application. Among the multiple advantages that the new batteries will offer are cutting-edge and environmentally-friendly technology, cost competitiveness, superior performance, safety, and versatility.

Nissan's partnership with NEC represents a key component of its "Nissan Green Program 2010" mid-term environmental action plan, as announced in December, 2006. "As a `Sincere Eco-Innovator', Nissan continues to develop forward-looking `green technologies' that contribute to sustainable mobility. Nissan will introduce our own original hybrid vehicle by 2010, followed by our next generation electric vehicle in the early part of the next decade," said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President of Nissan.

"Together, Nissan and NEC's engineers have addressed the key challenges of cost, performance, safety and reliability - we believe that we have a breakthrough technology in the lithium-ion battery product we will produce. Through AESC, this battery will be made available to all automakers, and we expect this could further accelerate the development of future generations of eco-friendly vehicles," explained Tavares.

"NEC brings to the partnership years of knowledge, expertise, and resources in lithium-ion battery technology through NEC TOKIN's know-how, cultivated through long years of experience in battery business. Further co-development with Nissan has enabled a superior-class battery that we expect to spread in the market at an unmatched speed due to the wealth of benefits it will assuredly bring to our future eco-conscious customers," said Konosuke Kashima, Executive Vice President of NEC. "Moreover, the alliance with Nissan guarantees Nissan as a prospective customer of AESC. We will also strive to accelerate growth by expanding marketing to auto manufacturers worldwide."

The evolution towards cleaner powertrains will see the proliferation of a wider mix of electric-powered vehicles including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles made available to customers. The establishment of AESC demonstrates that both Nissan and NEC firmly believe that lithium-ion battery technology will become an important energy-source solution to achieve a sustainable mobile society. Both companies are confident that there will be a ready and growing market for lithium-ion batteries in the next decade and beyond.

New Company Outline
Name: Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC)
Headquarters: Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Establishment: April 19, 2007
Business Description: Development and marketing of advanced lithium-ion
 batteries for automotive application
Start of Production: 2009
Capital: 490 million yen (approx. USD 4.1 million*)
Stakeholders: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (50%)
 NEC Corporation / NEC TOKIN Corporation (50%)
Management Structure: President: Masahiko Otsuka
 Vice President: Nobuaki Yoshioka
 (And 4 board members)


* Calculated at 1 JPY = 0.00837922 USD

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701; NASDAQ: NIPNY) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com or the Newsroom: http://www.nec.co.jp/press/en/

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. was established in 1933 to manufacture and market the Datsun, a small passenger car, and related automotive components. The company markets a wide range of passenger cars, commercial vans, trucks and buses, parts and components in over one hundred and seventy countries. The company has also expanded its operations to include forklifts, textile machinery and other industrial machinery and equipment. Nissan's affiliation with French automaker Renault in 1999 has helped produce Nissan's best results in a decade. The company has three hundred and forty two consolidated subsidiaries worldwide.

About NEC Tokin

NEC TOKIN Corporation creates next-generation, value-added devices that integrate TOKIN's sophisticated material development and application skills with NEC's expertise in high-density technology and miniaturization. Starting with custom-designed materials, we produce highly innovative devices for three core fields: energy, networks, and functional applications. Today, our commitment to precision is taking us beyond micro, into the realm of nano, establishing new standards for the global electronics revolution, and giving birth to new and exciting dreams.

Source: NEC Corporation

Contact:
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Communications CSR Department
Global Communications CSR and IR Division
Tel: +81-(0)3-5565-2141
http://press.nissan-global.com/EN

NEC Corporation
Corporate Communications Division
Tel: +81-(0)3-3798-6511
d-foley@ax.jp.nec.com

NEC TOKIN Corporation
Corporate Communications Office
Tel: +81-(0)3-3515-9118
kobiyamah@nec-tokin.com


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