Nissan will inject $1.4 billion into building EV versions of two of its cars at its British plant
Car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed that all three models made at its UK plant will go 100 percent electric.
The Japanese car marker said its plans for electric versions of the Qashqai and Juke, manufactured in Sunderland, NE England, would require a total investment of up to 2 billion pounds.
The packages includes a third battery plant in Britain and infrastructure projects that partners would help to finance.
It is a boost for the kingdom’s auto industry. Prime minister, Rishi Sunak, is desperate to attract foreign investment, as he tries to revive interest from companies across the world. Since Brexit (2016) investments have cooled on Britain, against the background of the subsequent political turmoil.
Discussions have been takeing place between the Japanese automaker and the London government on subsidies and guarantees. Nissan did not comment on their value, but said discussions with the government were ongoing.
The EV36Zero hub in Sunderland, Nissan’s blueprint for future manufacturing, will consist of three electric vehicles (EVs), three gigafactories and up to £3bn investment. Nissan has 7,000 UK employees and supports 30,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.
The project will include future all-electric versions of Nissan’s flagship Qashqai and Juke crossovers, and the next-generation Nissan Leaf.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence in the UK,“ Sunak said at the plant in Sunderland, where Nissan has made its electric Leaf model for years and will continue to do so, with batteries supplied by a small plant at the site. Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida, said Nissan had sold more than 1 million EVs globally, nearly a third of which run on batteries made at the site.