Nissan unveils plans for 'EV36Zero' - £1bn flagship Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub in UK
Nissan has announced an 'initial' £1bn investment in a new electric battery plant in partnership with Envision AESC alongside a major expansion of electric vehicle production in Sunderland.
Nissan says it will build its new-generation all-electric model at the site. What the company is calling its 'electric vehicle hub' is expected to support thousands of jobs in the UK supply chain. Up to £423m is expected to be invested to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK, building on the success of the Leaf.
The company says that the new battery 'gigafactory' will eventually provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year.
Comprised of three interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, setting out what the company says is 'a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry'.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Building on over 30 years of history in the area, this is a pivotal moment in our electric vehicle revolution and securing its future for decades to come.
"Commitments like these exemplify our ability to create hundreds of green jobs and boost British industry, whilst also allowing people to travel in an affordable and sustainable way so we can eliminate our contributions to climate change."
Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Uchida said: "Our announcement today comes out of lengthy discussions held within our teams, and will greatly accelerate our efforts in Europe to achieve carbon neutrality. The experience and know-how gained through the project announced today will be shared globally, enhancing Nissan's global competitiveness.
For more information see Nissan's news release.
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