Day: July 3, 2021

More than 1,600 jobs created as Nissan to build new electric model and huge battery plant in UK

Employment boost welcomed as Nissan announces plans for a huge new plant in Sunderland (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Employment boost welcomed as Nissan announces plans for a huge new plant in Sunderland (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Nissan is to build a new electric model and battery “gigafactory” in the UK in a massive jobs boost to the automotive industry.

Over 1,600 jobs will be created in Sunderland and an estimated 4,500 in supply companies under an investment of £1bn – an announcement welcomed by the government and unions.

More than £420m will be invested in building a new-generation all-electric vehicle, and Nissan said its Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub will be a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.

The Japanese car giant will partner with Envision AESC, a global battery technology company, and Sunderland City Council.

There will be three interconnected initiatives bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, which Nissan said sets a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry.

Nissan president and chief executive Makoto Uchida said: “This

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