Nissan Sparks £3bn Investment in the UK

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In a groundbreaking move towards a sustainable future, Nissan has announced plans to transition all three models produced at its UK plant to 100% electric. This transformation is a part of the EV36Zero initiative, which encompasses three electric vehicles (EVs), three gigafactories, and a staggering £3 billion investment, marking a significant stride for the automotive industry. The move is anticipated to secure the jobs of Nissan’s 7,000 UK employees and support an additional 30,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.

The EV36Zero hub, located in Sunderland, will be the focal point of this ambitious project. The hub aims to deliver future all-electric versions of Nissan’s flagship models—the Qashqai and JUKE crossovers. Additionally, the third vehicle in the lineup will be the next-generation Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in sparking the electrification revolution.

The manufacturing and battery production processes for these electric vehicles will be powered by the EV36Zero Microgrid. This Microgrid, fueled by wind and solar farms at Nissan, is set to deliver 100% renewable electricity not only to Nissan but also to its neighboring suppliers.

This announcement follows Nissan’s commitment to making all new cars in Europe fully electric and having its entire passenger car lineup in Europe be 100% electric by 2030. The move aligns with Nissan’s Ambition 2030 vision, which aims to create a sustainable company contributing to a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world.-

The UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, hailed Nissan’s investment as a massive vote of confidence in the country’s automotive industry, reinforcing Sunderland’s position as the UK’s hub for electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing.

As part of this transformative project, Nissan will invest up to £1.12 billion in its UK operations, facilitating research and development, manufacturing improvements, skills training, and tooling for suppliers. The three new electric vehicles—Nissan Qashqai, Nissan JUKE, and Nissan LEAF—will draw inspiration from the Nissan Hyper Urban, Hyper Punk, and Chill-Out concepts, promising a diverse and exciting electric lineup.

Further details about the models, including specifications and launch dates, are expected to be released at a later time. This electrifying shift also contributes to the UK’s green agenda, with Nissan’s commitment to renewable energy and the creation of an investment zone focusing on Advanced Manufacturing and Green Industries in North East England.

The announcement concludes with an invitation for readers to share their thoughts on this pivotal move towards an all-electric future for Nissan and the automotive industry.




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