Nissan Sunderland Plant Starts Production of Leaf EV [Video] [Photo Gallery]
Previously, these EVs were imported all the way from Japan on a specially designed ship, but the Sunderland plant is now equipped to build them and can even make the battery, thanks to the new UK Battery Plant.
UK Prime Minister,the Rt. Hon. David Cameron said: "Nissan's record breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric LEAF model and battery plant at Sunderland. This £420 million investment, backed by Government, is supporting over 2,000 jobs in our automotive sector including more than 500 at Nissan in Sunderland, helping people in the area who want to work hard and get on.
"The Government has committed £400 million to make the UK a leading market for ultra low carbon vehicles. Nissan's announcement shows the confidence the company has in the skills-base and the business environment in the UK and that the UK is open for business," he continued.
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