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NISSAN TO BUILD LEAF ELECTRIC VEHICLE IN SUNDERLAND – UK to become third global manufacturing location for Nissan electric vehicles

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  • Production to begin in early 2013
  • Initial annual production capacity in Sunderland of about 50,000 units
  • Together with Sunderland battery plant production, represents more than a 420 million GBP (468.2 million euro) investment in zero emission mobility

SUNDERLAND, UK (March 18, 2010) -Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., further underlined its commitment to zero emission leadership today by announcing that the Nissan LEAF will be manufactured at its plant in Sunderland, UK.

Nissan LEAF – the first in a range of forthcoming Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) – is the world’s first affordable, mass produced zero emission car and embodies Nissan’s vision for an environmentally sustainable future for road transport.

Nissan also said that construction of its advanced lithium-ion battery plant, announced last year, will begin this April. The facility, which will be located at Sunderland, will have a production capacity of 60,000 units a year and will start manufacturing batteries in 2012 for both Nissan and its Alliance partner Renault.

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Written by youngmanmaster

March 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm