Nissan Powers Up EV Revolution: All UK Plant Models Go Electric in £3 Billion Drive Towards a Zero-Emissions Future

Nissan's £3 Billion Drive to Electrify All UK Plant Models
Nissan accelerates the switch to full electric

Nissan has announced the production of its second and third new electric vehicles in the UK, expanding its EV36Zero hub. This transformative initiative will necessitate the establishment of a third gigafactory to support the UK’s largest car plant. The commitment to electric vehicles by Nissan facilitates an investment of up to £3 billion, covering three models, battery production, and infrastructure. The flagship Nissan Qashqai, JUKE, and LEAF models will all transition to all-electric versions. These future models will draw inspiration from the Hyper Urban, Hyper Punk, and Chill-Out concepts.

The Sunderland-based EV36Zero hub, a blueprint for future manufacturing, will now consist of three electric vehicles, three gigafactories, and significant investment. This development is welcomed news for Nissan’s 7,000 employees in the UK and the 30,000 jobs supported in the UK supply chain. The entire manufacturing process, including vehicle and battery production, will be powered by the EV36Zero Microgrid, utilizing wind and solar farms at the Nissan facility. Nissan President and CEO Makoto Uchida emphasized the significance of this project, positioning the Sunderland plant as the core of Nissan’s future vision for an all-electric future in Europe.

The announcement aligns with Nissan’s commitment to making all new cars in Europe fully electric and aims for its entire passenger car lineup in Europe to be 100% electric by 2030. This move is part of Nissan’s broader Ambition 2030 vision, striving to be a sustainable company contributing to a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed confidence in Nissan’s investment, asserting that it solidifies Sunderland’s position as a hub for electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing.

Nissan’s investment includes up to £1.12 billion for research and development, manufacturing improvements, skills training, and tooling for suppliers. The three new electric vehicles, based on the Qashqai, JUKE, and LEAF models, will be inspired by the Hyper Urban, Hyper Punk, and Chill-Out concepts, respectively. Specific details about the names, specifications, and launch dates of these models will be disclosed later.

This announcement builds on the initial £1 billion investment in the EV36Zero project, transforming the Sunderland manufacturing facility into a world-leading electric vehicle manufacturing ecosystem. The expansion also includes a Microgrid project initiated by the Sunderland City Council, capable of delivering 100% renewable electricity to Nissan and its neighboring suppliers. The UK government has further supported this initiative with a £15 million funding grant for a collaborative project led by Nissan, enhancing the technical expertise and research and development capabilities of the Nissan Technical Centre.

In conjunction with this announcement, a new Investment Zone (IZ) for North East England has been confirmed, focusing on Advanced Manufacturing and Green Industries. This aligns with the government’s plan for the automotive sector, creating jobs, driving growth, and reinforcing the UK’s position as a major manufacturer. The Investment Zone aims to capitalize on the region’s strengths in automotive and advanced manufacturing, attracting further investments of similar scale and significance. The EV36Zero project is a pivotal component of Nissan’s Ambition 2030 vision, contributing to the company’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality across the lifecycle of its products by fiscal year 2050.

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EV36Zero: £1bn Electric Vehicle Hub by Nissan

Nissan unveils EV36Zero
Nissan unveils EV36Zero
Nissan unveils EV36Zero

Nissan today uncovers Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion lead Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub making a world-first EV fabricating environment.

Revolved around the record-breaking plant in Sunderland, UK, Nissan EV36Zero will supercharge the organization’s drive to carbon impartiality and build up another 360-degree answer for zero-discharge motoring.

The groundbreaking task has been dispatched with an underlying £1bn venture by Nissan and its accomplices Envision AESC, a worldwide part in world-driving battery innovation, and Sunderland City Council. Involved three interconnected drives, Nissan EV36Zero unites electric vehicles, sustainable power and battery creation, setting a plan for the eventual fate of the auto business.

Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Uchida said: “This undertaking comes as a component of Nissan’s spearheading endeavors to accomplish carbon lack of bias all through the whole lifecycle of our items. Our exhaustive methodology incorporates the turn of events and creation of EVs, yet additionally the utilization of on-board batteries as energy stockpiling and their reuse for optional purposes.

“Our declaration today emerges from extended conversations held inside our groups, and will extraordinarily speed up our endeavors in Europe to accomplish carbon lack of bias. The experience and skill acquired through the venture declared today will be shared universally, upgrading Nissan’s worldwide intensity.

A new-generation electric crossover

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.

Production in Sunderland will create 909 new jobs at the plant, and more than 4,500 in the UK supply chain, while safeguarding a further 75 R&D jobs. The transformational project takes the total capital investment by Nissan into the plant past £5bn, and also includes:

  • R&D at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire
  • Support for UK suppliers to transition to electric vehicles
  • Plant competitiveness and environmental improvements
  • Skills development in the Nissan workforce for future technologies

Other production locations have not yet been confirmed. More details about the new vehicle, including pricing and technology, will be released closer to the car’s sales launch.

 With next-generation EV batteries

Envision AESC already owns and operates Europe’s first battery plant in Sunderland, established in 2012 for the localization of Nissan LEAF battery production. The factory’s UK team has nine years’ expertise from supplying batteries to the Nissan LEAF and eNV200, having produced enough cells, modules and packs to power over 180,000 electric vehicles in 44 countries, meeting global benchmark levels of quality, performance, safety, reliability and cost.

Supporting this new model allocation, Envision AESC will invest £450 million to build the UK’s first gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), adjacent to the Nissan plant, powered by renewable energy and pioneering next-generation battery technology.

The formal planning process is about to begin for the new gigafactory, which represents an initial 9GWh plant, with potential future-phase investment of £1.8bn by Envision AESC, generating up to 25GWh and creating 4,500 new high-value green jobs in the region by 2030, with potential on site for up to 35GWh. The new plant will increase the cost-competitiveness of EV batteries produced in the UK, including through a new Gen5 battery cell with 30% more energy density which improves range and efficiency. This commitment will power Nissan’s new vehicles, supporting the continued localization of vehicle parts and components with advanced technology. This will make batteries cheaper and EVs more accessible to a growing number of customers in the future.

The new gigafactory will create 750 jobs and safeguard the jobs of 300 current employees.

Lei Zhang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Group, said: “Envision Group’s mission is to be the net zero technology partner of choice for global enterprises, governments, and cities. We are therefore delighted to be a part of EV36Zero with Nissan and Sunderland City Council. As part of this, Envision AESC will invest £450m in a new, cutting-edge, low-carbon gigafactory in Sunderland creating 700 new jobs. 

“This commitment builds on our long-term partnership with Nissan to achieve our global ambition to make high performance, longer range batteries for EVs affordable and accessible for millions more motorists.

“Growth in demand could bring future investment of up to £1.8bn, additional capacity of 25GWh and 4,500 jobs by 2030. This will put the North East at the heart of a new EV hub in the UK, collaborating on R&D around the whole battery lifecycle, from storage, to second life use, V2G smart charging and closed loop recycling.”

 Zero Emission vehicles and Zero Emission Manufacturing

Bringing this ecosystem together, Sunderland City Council is leading a project that aims to deliver a 100% renewable electricity ‘Microgrid’ that will save 55,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

With the ability to incorporate the existing Nissan wind and solar farms, initial plans suggest there could be as many as ten solar farms created, with an anticipated 132MW generation, and with a direct connection to renewable energy from the UK grid for ‘firm’ supply to Nissan and automotive companies located on the adjacent International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP). Plans will continue to be developed in close discussion with potential private sector green investors.

A first-of-its-kind, this project is estimated to be an £80 million investment and also includes plans for a 1MW battery storage system using second-life Nissan EV/Envision AESC batteries, which will also allow for excess energy generated during daylight hours to be captured and used at another time, helping to balance demand on the grid. Additional infrastructure projects enabling the creation of the new EV Hub take the total initial investment above £1bn.

Sunderland City Council leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “Sunderland is an ambitious city, and today’s announcement is game-changing one for us, for the region and for UK Plc, and the culmination of many months of partnership working with Nissan, Envision AESC and UK Government to ensure that we landed this transformational project.

“We’re proud to be acting as a key enabler, working to secure an £80m infrastructure project that could be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together energy generation, consumption and storage through a dedicated microgrid.

“We have a commitment to making Sunderland as a city carbon neutral by 2040 and electrification is a key part of that vision. Today’s announcement places Sunderland at the center of electric vehicle production in Europe. It vindicates the unwavering belief this council has in the city’s ability to drive the electric revolution, working in partnership with the private sector and Government to bring nationally significant projects to fruition, creating jobs and prosperity for our people and businesses, and delivering cleaner, greener cars in the process.”

“Nissan will keep on utilizing its qualities in charge to turn into an organization that keeps on offering some incentive to its clients and society.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Nissan’s declaration to construct its new-age all-electric vehicle in Sunderland, close by another gigafactory from Envision-AESC, is a significant demonstration of approval in the UK and our profoundly gifted specialists in the North East.

“Expanding on more than 30 years of history nearby, this is a vital second in our electric vehicle upset and getting its future for quite a long time to come.

“Responsibilities like these epitomize our capacity to make many green positions and lift British industry, while likewise permitting individuals to go in a moderate and reasonable manner so we can dispose of our commitments to environmental change.”

Uncovering Nissan EV36Zero at the Sunderland Plant today, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashwani Gupta, said: “This is a milestone day for Nissan, our accomplices, the UK and the auto business all in all. Nissan EV36Zero will change what is feasible for our industry and set a guide for the future for all.

“We arrived at another boondocks with the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market all-electric vehicle. Presently, with our accomplices, Nissan will pioneer the following period of the auto business as we speed up towards full zap and carbon nonpartisanship.”

Expanding on Nissan’s noteworthy 35 years of assembling greatness in Sunderland, the tasks declared today address 6,200 positions at Nissan and its UK providers, including in excess of 900 new Nissan occupations and 750 new Envision AESC occupations at its new savvy, low-carbon battery plant. Longer-term, the groundbreaking undertaking modernizes and extends Nissan’s EV creation ability in the UK.

Imagine AESC, the battery arm of worldwide green tech organization Envision Group, will send coordinated AIoT brilliant innovation to screen and improve energy utilization, assembling and support at its new gigafactory, empowering it to quickly build creation and give batteries to control up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year.

UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This phenomenal speculation by Nissan and Envision AESC addresses a grave obligation to individuals of Sunderland, bringing further high-talented positions and turbocharging our arrangements to step up the North East. This is an enormous advance forward in our desire to put the UK at the front of the worldwide electric vehicle race, and additional confirmation, in case any was required, that the UK stays quite possibly the most aggressive areas on the planet for auto assembling.

“I’m very pleased that Nissan has reaffirmed its faith in Britain, yet is multiplying down on its long-standing obligation to our country. The vehicles made in this plant, utilizing batteries made right not too far off at the UK’s first at scale gigafactory, will play an immense part to play as we progress away from petroleum and diesel vehicles and launch a homegrown electric vehicle producing base.”


Nissan Armada Snow Patrol debuts at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol debuts at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol debuts at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol, which makes its world debut this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, takes Nissan’s flagship SUV to new heights – literally. With its three-inch suspension lift, extreme off-road tires, massive front bumper, light bar and roof rack, the one-off Snow Patrol project takes Armada out of the carpool line and onto snow covered mountains – returning Armada to its roots as an adventure-ready off-roader.

“While the 2018 Armada drives like a luxury sedan, it has a long off-road heritage as the Nissan Patrol, a global expedition vehicle,” said Billy Hayes, division vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Trucks, Nissan North America, Inc. “As part of our celebration of winter at the Chicago Auto Show, we wanted to remind our growing family of Armada owners and enthusiasts that this full-size SUV stands ready to take you to the mountains, or at least safely through Chicago streets covered in lake effect snow.”

Armada has been on a winning streak since the second-generation design was introduced for the 2017 year – with sales last year increasing 154 percent over 2016, making it the fastest growing SUV in its class1. Buyers have been attracted to Armada’s unmatched combination of best-in-class2 standard 390 horsepower, full-feature 8-passenger interior and class-exclusive Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM)3.

And, with a standard towing capacity4 of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped), Armada can easily handle a trailer load of snowmobiles – even one carrying the Nissan 370Zki – a “snowmobile” created from a Nissan 370Z Roadster. The Nissan 370Zki is also on display at the Chicago Auto Show, hooked up to the Armada Snow Patrol.

As for the transformation from showroom stock to full Snow Patrol outfitting, the focus was on fitting more aggressive wheels and tires – and outfitting the exterior with the tools for extreme winter driving. “With its rugged fully-boxed ladder frame, powerful V8, advanced all-wheel-drive system and easily engaged Snow Mode setting on the 4WD Mode Control dial, Armada is ready to tackle the most adverse climate situations. The Armada Snow Patrol takes it to the next level,” said Hayes.

The project build started with the installation of a complete suspension lift kit from Pro Comp – giving additional clearance for the new 35-inch-tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tires. The new tires are mounted on 20×9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels with a Satin Black milled finish.

To help safely navigate backwoods trails, the Armada Snow Patrol’s front end was beefed up with a Smittybilt off-road bumper with grille protector bar and winch mount with 12,000-pound capacity winch. Helping light the Snow Patrol’s way is a roof-mounted DR36 double row LED light bar with flood and spot capabilities, along with a pair of grille-mounted 5-inch LED round motorsports lights.

M-1A running boards/rock sliders were added to help prevent road debris damage, and to supplement the Armada’s large interior cargo space, a one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof.

Inside, premium leather-wrapped front seats with pearl color surfaces and cement color perforated inserts, cobalt color wings, contrasting cobalt stitching and Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts were added. A custom body wrap by Icon Image Graphics, with special Armada Snow Patrol logo, was the final touch.

“The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts – thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin – showing owners how easy it is to take their family adventures to the next level even in some of winter’s most severe conditions,” said Hayes. “We think this vehicle is going to attract a lot of attention among visitors to the Chicago Auto Show.”


Nissan puts Saudi women behind the wheel with surprise instructors

Nissan puts Saudi women behind the wheel with surprise instructors

Nissan puts Saudi women behind the wheel with surprise instructors

Celebrating Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to grant women driver’s licenses, Nissan recently offered a group of young women the chance to get behind the wheel for the first time – with a surprise group of driving instructors.

The company today released an inspirational video about the initiative. It is part of Nissan’s #SheDrives campaign, which encourages women to embrace the exciting prospect of becoming fully licensed drivers in 2018.

The women in the video say that while they’re delighted by the prospect, they face reluctance from some of their family members. To help them overcome this, Nissan invited aspiring female motorists to hone their driving skills and build confidence on a closed driving course, with a plot twist: Instead of professional instructors, the women were met by their respective husbands, fathers and brothers who were their teachers for the day.

“2018 is earmarked to be a pivotal moment in history for women in the kingdom,” said Bader Al Houssami, chief operating officer at Nissan Saudi Arabia. “We wanted to launch a campaign that’s just as emotional as it’s innovative, which ultimately is at the heart of what we at Nissan strive to achieve. The #SheDrives campaign aims to motivate women all over Saudi Arabia with a clear message: When the time comes, the decision to drive will be entirely yours.”


Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named “Best Electric Car” at the 2018 What Car? Awards, just as the world’s best-selling, zero-emission vehicle is being launched to European media at the “Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience” in Tenerife, Spain.

What Car? are one of the most widely recognized and respected awards amongst car buyers in Europe. They are also one of the UK’s biggest car-buying media brands, widely regarded as a trusted source for new car advice.

Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, praised the award-winning model, saying: “The electric car market has never been more competitive, yet the LEAF saw off all its rivals because it makes the most sense to most buyers. It combines excellent performance with generous standard equipment and low running costs. And even in winter weather, its real-world range is good.”

The EV market in the UK is growing and now accounts for around a fifth of LEAF sales in Europe. At the recent Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience, Nissan also revealed that just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in Europe.

Nissan’s xStorage was also “Commended” in the “Technology Award” category, an accolade which recognizes innovative new technology developments. Nissan’s xStorage system uses recycled batteries from electric vehicles, allowing you to store power when prices fall, and even sell excess power from your Leaf back to the energy grid.

“The new Nissan LEAF is the most advanced and accessible 100% electric vehicle on the planet,” said Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe. “We’re delighted to receive such an accolade from the prestigious automotive brand, What Car?. This is a car that is more enjoyable, more connected and more exciting to drive than any other mainstream electric vehicle in history. It is simply amazing.”

The all-new LEAF offers a significant update over the previous model with dynamic new styling, advanced technologies and a higher capacity drivetrain that delivers significant increases in both range and power.

The 2018 LEAF is also the first Nissan model in Europe to feature Nissan’s autonomous ProPILOT technology as well as e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

Customer deliveries of New Leaf will commence progressively across Europe from early February 2018.

About Nissan LEAF
The new Nissan LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility a consumer proposition that encompasses three main pillars:

Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving.

Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress.

Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology.

Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.

The Nissan LEAF has won a total of 114 awards across the globe. Highlights include:

Award Name Publication or Awards Organization
2018 Best Electric Car What Car?
2017 Auto Test Green Car Award Auto Test
2017 City Car of the Year Top Gear Lietuva Awards
2017 Driver Power Survey – Best   Green Car Overall Auto Express
2017 Best Fleet Value in America   – EV/Plug-In/Hybrid Vincentric
2016 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année L’Automobile   & L’Entreprise   Magazine
2016 Green Innovation Award Autó Pult 2016 Awards
2017 Green Gold Award UIGA
2015 Best Alternative Fuel Car of   the Year Award 2015
2016 EV Innovation Award VCS
2016 Automotive Loyalty Award IHS Automotive
2015 Codacons Superprodotto   dell’Anno CODACONS Italy
2014 Canadian Green Car Award –   Battery Electric Canadian Green Car Automotive Jury
2014 Ecocar Tuulilasi
2014 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année L’Automobile & L’Entreprise   Magazine
2014 Most Loved Vehicle: Small   Alternative Car Strategic Vision
2014 Best All-Around Performance   Award Automotive Science Group
2013 Recommends   Award
2014 Green Vehicle of the Year Auto123
2014 Grand Prix Auto   Environnement MAAF MAAF
2013 Editors’ Choice Best Green   Car
2014 Green Gold Award UIGA
2014 Eco Car of the Year Car of the Year in Latvia 2014
2013 Sweden Electric Car of the   Year Elbilsverige
2013 Environment Award FLEET WORLD HONOURS
2013 Green Car of the Year
2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway   Safety)
2013 Electric Family Car of the   Year VAB – Flemish Automobile Club
2012 Electric Car of The Year AMPER exhibition jury
2012 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année l’Automobile et l’entreprise Magazine
2012 Readers’ Choice Best Green   Car
2012 The Best EV Car Plus Magazine
2012 Green Award of the Year Autocar Asean Car of The Year 2012
2011 VROOMIE Award – Best   Electric Car of the Year Vroom Girls
2012 Most Ideal Hybrid/EV   Car AutoPacific/AutoBytel
2011-2012 Japan Car of the Year Car of the year Japan
2012 RJC Car of the Year RJC
2011 Annual Technology Award and Auto Magazine
2011 Gold Award for Innovation Croatian Car of the Year
2011 Car of the Year Top Gear (Hong Kong)
2011 Green Steering Wheel Award Auto świat (Axel Springer Poland)
2011 Portugal Car of the Year Volante Verde (Green Driving wheel)
2011 Auto Express Special Award Auto Express
2011 Green Car Website Green Car   of the Year Green Car Website
2011 Eco Car of the Year
2011 Popular Mechanics’   Breakthrough Award Popular Mechanics
2011 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Ward’s AutoWorld
2011 World Car of the Year World Car Awards
2010 China Green Car of The Year Motor Trend
2010 Green Family Car Award National Business Daily
2011 Ecobest   Award Auto Best Organization
2011 European Car of the Year ECotY
2011 Ultra Low Carbon Award What Car?