Nissan announces the creation in Sunderland, in the United Kingdom, of a gigafactory dedicated to electricity and where, in particular, a new crossover will be assembled.
Following the example of Renault, its partner in the Alliance which will set up a gigafactory of batteries in Douai in the North of France, Nissan will also design ” an industrial ecosystem »Dedicated to electrification.
Like the French group, the Japanese manufacturer will join forces with the Chinese Envision, the world’s largest producer of batteries, to build a gigantic site for electric vehicles.
Established around the Sunderland factory, in the United Kingdom, this “electric hub”, dubbed the Nissan EV36Zero, “will accelerate the company’s journey towards carbon neutrality and establish a new 360-degree solution for zero-emission driving. “, Announces the brand in a press release.
The project will employ some 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers. It will bring together “electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production,” adds the firm. To carry it out, Nissan to invest £ 1 billion, or more than 1.16 billion euros.
Of this, £ 423 million (around € 490 million) will be used for the production ofa 100% electric vehicle. A new crossover Nissan has just unveiled the first image.
Based on the Alliance’s CMF-EV platform, like the Nissan Ariya which will be launched in 2022, this model will be a crossover that looks like a coupé, with a plunging roofline and a steeply sloping rear window. It might be marketed in 2024 to replace the current Leaf. Meanwhile, Nissan is already promising “an annual production capacity of up to 100,000 units. “
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