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NISSAN LAUNCHES PRODUCTION OF NEW AND IMPROVED 100% ELECTRIC NISSAN LEAF IN SUNDERLAND, UK 100% electric LEAF goes into production at Nissan Sunderland Plant Improved model with more than 100 updates, longer range and quicker charging Announcement represents £420m investment in UK battery and LEAF productionProduction to support more than 2,000 jobs in the UK automotive industryUK Government thanked for continuing support and investment Sunderland (March 28, 2013)
- Nissan is today celebrating the dawn of a bold new era in European
car manufacturing with the official start of production of the new and
improved, 100% electric Nissan LEAF. This
new Nissan LEAF, incorporating more than 100 updates, is now rolling
off the line at the company's record-breaking Sunderland Plant, using
advanced lithium-ion batteries manufactured in Nissan's new UK Battery
Plant. Today
marks the culmination of four years of preparation at the plant and a
previously announced £420m investment by Nissan. Together the Battery
Plant and Nissan LEAF production are supporting jobs for more than 2,000
people in the UK car industry, including more than 500 directly at
Nissan. Nissan's
continuing innovation means the world's best-selling electric vehicle
is now even better. The new LEAF for 2013 has more than 100 updates
aimed at making Nissan's zero-emissions technology accessible to even
more European drivers, including an increased driving range of 199km
(124 miles) and the ability to recharge in half the time of the
first-generation LEAF. 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." This
historic launch event comes as Nissan Sunderland Plant celebrates
making more than seven million units since its opening in 1986. Last
year it produced 510,572 vehicles and so became the first UK car factory
ever to make more than half a million cars in one year. Nissan's
Executive Vice President Andy Palmer celebrated the official start of
electric vehicle production with the 6,100 staff now employed on site.
"Today's announcement progresses Nissan's unwavering commitment to zero
emissions motoring. "The
Nissan LEAF is our most technically advanced car yet and the launch of
this new model, built along with its batteries in Sunderland, is a huge
boost not only for the plant but for British manufacturing. We have been
showing that you can operate a world-beating plant in the UK for almost
30 years and the construction of the Battery Plant is a vote of
confidence in the country's ability to support high-technology
manufacturing." "We
could not have reached this point without the support and commitment we
have enjoyed from Governments across Europe, especially the British
Government, who are backing the car industry on manufacturing and
charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. I would also like to
once again place on record our thanks to our many partners and their
strong belief in zero-emissions motoring." With
more than 55,000 Nissan LEAFs on the world's roads today, and with two
years of real-world zero emissions experience behind it, today's
announcement marks the start of an exciting chapter for Nissan. The
Nissan LEAF is now built in three locations worldwide: Sunderland, UK;
Smyrna, Tennessee, USA; and Oppama, Japan. The
launch of three new grades, new interior trim, the addition of Nissan's
Around View Monitor technology and new suspension settings specifically
tailored for European roads build on the LEAF's unique driving
experience. This new package gives customers in Europe a second
generation zero-emissions car, before most companies have even launched
their first electric vehicle. Integrated
on the same line as the best-selling Nissan Qashqai, the new LEAF is a
major milestone in Nissan's global zero-emission leadership. In just 12
months, Nissan has increased the number of dealers selling the LEAF from
200 to 1,400 and the number of charging points in Europe has grown from
12,000 to more than 20,000, proving that electric vehicles are becoming
increasingly attractive. The
new Nissan LEAF soon will be joined by all-electric versions of the
award-winning NV200, to be called e-NV200, in both light commercial van
and five-seat combi versions. Development of a dedicated EV taxi based
on the e-NV200 is also underway. An Infiniti EV is expected in 2015.
Deks2013-04-06 17:44:44
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