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EV and battery manufacturing hub for Sunderland

Car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled ‘Nissan EV36Zero,’ a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing ‘ecosystem’. Centred around the existing manufacturing plant in Sunderland, the project has been launched with an initial £1bn investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global battery technology company, and Sunderland City Council. 

Comprising three interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, setting a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry, according to Nissan. 

Nissan President and 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.’

Building on Nissan’s 35 years of manufacturing in Sunderland, the projects represent 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers, including more than 900 new Nissan jobs and 750 new Envision AESC jobs at its new low-carbon battery plant.

Envision AESC, the battery arm of global green tech company Envision Group, says it will deploy smart technology to monitor and optimise energy consumption, manufacturing and maintenance at its new gigafactory, enabling it to rapidly increase production of batteries to power up 100,000 Nissan EVs per year.

News Item details

Journal title: Energy World

Countries: UK -

Organisation: Nissan

Subjects: Electric vehicles - Batteries -

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