Nissan to build new small electric SUV at billion dollar production plant in UK

A new electric SUV will be the star of the activities of Nissan’s new electric vehicle manufacturing center in the UK.

Nissan confirmed plans for a new £ 1bn (AU $ 1.8bn) electric vehicle manufacturing ‘hub’ in the United Kingdom, which will house the production of a new electric SUV that does not yet have a name, should be similar in size to the Juke.

Confirmed overnight, an investment of $ 1.8 billion will see the establishment of the “Nissan EV36Zero” manufacturing center around Nissan’s existing plant in Sunderland, UK, housing a “gigafactory” of batteries intended to produce nine gigawatt hours (9GWh) of cells each year, with plans for expansion to 25 GWh or 35 GWh of capacity later this decade.

The flagship operations of the facility will be the production of a new electric SUV, based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-EV platform, shared with the upcoming Renault Megane E-Tech Electric (or MeganE) and the larger Nissan Ariya.

While not officially confirmed, it is likely that the Sunderland-built electric SUV will be a smaller offering, similar in size to the current Juke (also factory-built) – as reports are saying from from the UK earlier this year.

Details of the new model are so far slim on the ground – including when it goes on sale – although a video rendered by the Japanese automaker shows the crossover will opt for a sporty coupe-like roofline, paired with oversized alloy rims and futuristic front and rear LED light signatures.

The CMF-EV platform it is based on would allow WLTP range up to 580 km Рprobably in a small SUV similar in size to the new M̩gane or the unnamed Nissan, with the larger 87 kWh battery.

The expanded ‘EV36Zero’ site will offer a capacity of 100,000 electric vehicles to be built per year. Production of the new SUV is also expected to be extended to other global Nissan factories, with the UK factory expected to supply “European markets traditionally served by Nissan’s Sunderland plant”.

One of the markets Sunderland currently serves is Australia, with UK-built Juke, Leaf and Qashqai vehicles all offered in local showrooms – but don’t set yourself a local launch for the new one just yet. small electric SUV.

“This project is part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the lifecycle of our products. Our holistic approach includes not only the development and production of electric vehicles, but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse. for secondary purposes, ”said Nissan President and CEO Makoto Uchida.

“Our announcement today follows long discussions among our teams and will significantly accelerate our efforts in Europe to achieve carbon neutrality. The experience and know-how gained through the project announced today will be shared globally, improving Nissan’s global competitiveness.

“Nissan will continue to build on its strengths in electrification to become a company that continues to deliver value to its customers and to society.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “Nissan’s announcement to build its next-generation all-electric vehicle in Sunderland, alongside a new Envision-AESC gigafactory, is a major vote of confidence in the UK. Uni and our highly skilled northern workers. Is.

“Building on more than 30 years of history in the region, this is a pivotal moment in our electric vehicle revolution and securing its future for decades to come.

“Commitments like these illustrate our ability to create hundreds of green jobs and boost UK industry, while enabling people to travel affordably and sustainably so that we can eliminate our contributions to climate change.”

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