Nissan has unveiled plans for a new £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub and battery gigafactory in Sunderland.
The Nissan EV36Zero project brings together three initiatives – electric vehicle production, renewable energy creation and a battery project.
The project has been launched with an initial £1bn investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC and Sunderland City Council.
Envision will deploy AIoT smart technology to monitor and optimize energy consumption, manufacturing and maintenance at its new battery gigafactory.
This will enable the production of batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan EVs a year.
As part of the project, Nissan will also invest up to £423m to produce a new generation of all-electric vehicles in the UK.
Initial plans also suggest that there could be as many as ten solar farms created, with an anticipated 132MW generation. Plans will continue to be developed in close discussion with potential private sector green investors.
Chief executive officer, Makoto Uchida said: ‘This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products.
‘Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.
‘Nissan will continue to leverage its strengths in electrification to become a company that continues to provide value to its customers and society.’
UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: ‘This fantastic investment by Nissan and Envision AESC represents a solemn commitment to the people of Sunderland, bringing further high-skilled jobs and turbocharging our plans to level up the North East.
‘This is a huge step forward in our ambition to put the UK at the front of the global electric vehicle race, and further proof, if any was needed, that the UK remains one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive manufacturing.’
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