The next generation of batteries for electric cars will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK.
Nissan has announced that it will continue to pursue at its plant in Sunderland, in the UK, for European production of the next generation of lithium-ion electric vehicle, which will invest 26.5 million pounds (35 million euros ), keeping 300 specialized in manufacturing, maintenance and engineering jobs.
Production at the plant in Sunderland began in 2013 and was driven by an investment of £ 420 million, creating more than 2,000 jobs. This plant, one of the three Nissan’s worldwide, is responsible for providing the battery packs for electric cars: Nissan Leaf and Nissan e-NV200, the latter produced exclusively at the Nissan plant in Zona Franca, Barcelona.
This news coincides with the launch of the third generation of the Nissan Leaf 250 km of autonomy, with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of its Sunderland plant (as Nissan factory, largest in the history of the electric car industry in UK ) and the 10th anniversary of its factory in St Petersburg, Russia.
The company has invested in projects only electric vehicles in 2015 and has sold 43,651 Nissan Leaf worldwide, 15,630 of them in Europe. In addition, Nissan has nearly 10,000 CHAdeMO fast chargers distributed worldwide.
Nissan will invest 35 million euros in the next generation of batteries for electric cars in the UK.