Nissan is betting big on electric cars, and the UK government, along with Sunderland Council, is supporting that transition by helping Nissan-Renault open a huge battery plant in the NE of England.
The transformational project has been launched with an initial £1bn investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council. Comprised of three interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, setting a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry.
Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Uchida said: “This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products. Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs, but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.
BORIS BETS BIG ON EVs, GREEN BOILERS & MANAGING LIFESTYLE CHOICES
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Nissan’s announcement to build its new-generation all-electric vehicle in Sunderland, alongside a new gigafactory from Envision-AESC, is a major vote of confidence in the UK and our highly-skilled workers in the North East. Building on over 30 years of history in the area, this is a pivotal moment in our electric vehicle revolution and securing its future for decades to come.
“Commitments like these exemplify our ability to create hundreds of green jobs and boost British industry, whilst also allowing people to travel in an affordable and sustainable way so we can eliminate our contributions to climate change.”
The projects announced today represent 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers, including more than 900 new Nissan jobs and 750 new Envision AESC jobs at its new smart, low-carbon battery plant. Longer-term, the transformational project modernises and expands Nissan’s EV production capability in the UK. By contrast some 500,000 jobs have been lost in High Street retailing as the pandemic accelerates the shift to online sales, so manufacturing roles like this are much needed.
Johnson’s government aims to put more money into green projects, like replacing gas boilers in homes, creating super-cities where car use is highly taxed, or restricted severely and building more cycle lanes. The Great Reset will offer insurers new opportunities to insure private healthcare, e-scooter usage, car leasing by the hour, battery pack storage & hire, co-living projects, cyber security, identity theft and much more.
In short, there will be as much opportunity for insurers in the micro-management of people’s everyday lives, as there is now in insuring fixed assets like houses, cars, caravans, motorcycles, commercial premises etc.
NEW NISSAN LEAF/RENAULT/DACIA ON THE WAY
As part of the £1 billion announcement, Nissan will invest up to £423 million to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK. Building on Nissan’s expertise in crossovers and the worldwide success of the Nissan LEAF, it promises next-generation vehicle styling, efficiency and battery technology, making the switch to electric driving even more accessible.
Designed for global markets, UK production will be exported to the European markets traditionally served by Nissan’s Sunderland plant. The new crossover will be built on the Alliance CMF-EV platform, with a forecasted production capacity of up to 100,000 units to be installed. The new car will probably also be badged Dacia and Renault, offering varying lease price points and specs.