Nissan backs Sunderland plant as it announces £13billion investment in electric vehicles

Nissan bosses have backed its Sunderland plant as they announced plans to spend more than £13billion globally on developing electric vehicles.

Nissan's Sunderland plant.
Nissan's Sunderland plant.

At a news conference in Japan the car manufacturer revealed it will develop 23 new electric models by 2030.

By that time, the firm aims for half of its global output to be made up of electric vehicles.

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Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta stressed the importance of the Sunderland plant for the firm's plans.

Nissan unveiled the new Envision-AESC battery plant in July.

During a news conference, he said: "Europe will take the lead on electrification around the world for Nissan.

"In Europe, Sunderland is the one which will take the lead towards electrification."

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The firm will now expand that idea around the world.

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Mr Gupta said: "Sunderland is the leader, in collaboration with the Government, suppliers, dealers and most importantly, our employees."

Nissan said it will spend two trillion yen, around £13.2 billion, on electric vehicles over the next five years.

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Chief executive Makoto Uchida said: "The role of companies to address societal needs is increasingly heightened.

"With Nissan Ambition 2030, we will drive the new age of electrification, advance technologies to reduce carbon footprint and pursue new business opportunities.

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"We want to transform Nissan to become a sustainable company that is truly needed by customers and society."

Nissan has plans to bring in all-solid-state batteries by 2028, which will be one-third quicker to charge.

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Nissan also released more detail about the crossover electric vehicle it will be producing in Sunderland.

It issued concept images of what is currently dubbed the Nissan Chill-Out - although that will not be its real name - calling it a "mobile haven".

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Mr Gupta said: "Expressing its breath-taking acceleration and feeling of control, this new generation EV represents the shape of things to come.

"Sleek design, energising driving, advanced safety technologies and a productive and comfortable interior space."