Nissan investment safeguards 300 jobs at Sunderland plant
Carmaker Nissan is investing £26.5 million at its electric vehicle battery plant in Sunderland, protecting 300 jobs at the manufacturing base.
The lithium-ion battery plant is the largest of its type in Europe and employs people in manufacturing, maintenance and engineering.
Nissan’s UK battery plant is one of three Nissan battery production sites globally, also providing battery modules for Nissan’s all-electric van, the e-NV200, which is manufactured in the company’s plant in Barcelona, Spain.
Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: “I congratulate all my colleagues in the UK on securing this future technology, which is just reward for the second-to-none quality levels they have achieved since launching battery manufacturing in Sunderland, which remains the biggest UK car plant of all time.”
The car manufacturer is also partnering with academics and UK industry in the £19.4 million Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) for R&D.
Other members of the APC consortium include: Hyperdrive Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, Newcastle University and Zero Carbon Futures, who will work together on key areas of battery development covering pilot projects, product diversification and process improvement.