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Nissan shells out $37.75M for UK Li-ion battery plant

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nissan? lithium-ion? electric vehicle?

Nissan has put in about $37.75 million for its electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Sunderland, UK, underscoring its assurance in the capability of its European facility. The investment will help maintain 300 highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing, maintenance and engineering at Nissan's advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Sunderland, the largest of its type in Europe, stated the company.

The Sunderland facility is one of three Nissan battery production sites globally and will provide battery modules for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric van, which is manufactured at Nissan's facility in Barcelona, Spain.

Li-ion battery plant

The investment will help maintain 300 highly-skilled jobs in Nissan's UK facility.

Already the global leaders in electric vehicles with more than 200,000 Nissan LEAF models on the road worldwide covering a total of two billion electric miles. In 2015 Nissan sold 43,651 LEAFs worldwide with 15,630 of that number being sold in Europe.

Paul Willcox, chair, Nissan Europe, said: "The announcement reflects Nissan's intention to remain EV leaders for many years to come, with our European operations at the heart of our future innovations."

Since EV production began in Sunderland in 2013 bolstered by nearly $598.31 million investment, the battery plant and Nissan LEAF production have supported more than 2 000 jobs both at Nissan and within the supply chain.

The Nissan Leaf was the first electric car to be mass-produced in the UK, about 60,000 batteries are produced at the plant each year.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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