Nissan Holds Job Fair At Sunderland UK Plant In Anticipation of LEAF Production

5 years ago by Jay Cole 9

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn At Nissan/AESC Battery Production Facility

This Saturday, Nissan’s Sunderland UK assembly plant, which is already one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturing facilities (and the largest in the UK since 1998) is holding a job fair/recruitment day to tool up the factory for production on the Nissan LEAF, and three other new models that will roll out over the next two years.
Nissan Advert for June 23rd Job Fair

Nissan states: “With around 2,000 cars rolling off the production line every day, and a lithium-ion battery plant at the cutting-edge of modern technology, this is your chance to add your skills to ours. It’s also your chance to take control in one of the largest, most advanced and people focused motor manufacturers in the world…This is the start of an exciting journey for ambitious people to develop their career with a world-class manufacturer. So get ready. Take control.”

This new production will create 3,000 new jobs in the area, and 625 specifically at Nissan.   Bringing the total employ to over 6,200 at the plant.    And for the first time in its history, both lines will operate “around the clock.”

According to Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan VP for Manufacturing in the UK, this particular one day event will focus on the unique needs of the plant , “Four new models have now been announced for the plant. As a result we are recruiting for up to 200 specialist staff. I would encourage anyone interested in furthering their career at the UK’s biggest car plant to attend this Specialist Recruitment Day.

The company will invest £127m into expanding the capacity of the plant, which is estimated to put out a massive 550,000 units per year.  Last year the plant put out an all time record of 480,485.  It is worth noting that no other car plant in the history of the country has passed the 400,000 mark.

“Our 25th anniversary year will go down in UK car production history and all our staff can be proud of the many milestones we have passed.  Our 26th year promises to be equally exciting, as we launch the new Battery Plant at Sunderland and prepare the plant for production of the 100% Nissan LEAF alongside the Qashqai, Juke and Note.”

So if your looking for a job, and you live in the UK, head over to Nissan’s Sunderland plant on Saturday 23rd June. The fair is mainly aimed at Engineering, Maintenance, Information Systems, Logistics and Production Management experts.  Nissan says of the opportunity, “Ultimately, it’s your chance to see what we do first hand — and for you to show us your skills too.”

We’d also like anyone who does sign up to work on the Sunderland LEAF assembly facility to immediately break their NDA and send us as much information and pictures on the new European LEAF model refresh as possible.

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9 responses to "Nissan Holds Job Fair At Sunderland UK Plant In Anticipation of LEAF Production"

  1. Mark H says:

    Hats off to the staff and contributors of Insideevs for covering both the successes and failures of this industry. This is the most comprehensive site I have found for this emerging market. Another great report on the automotive commitment to EVs.

    Still looking for the article that breaks the cost paradigm of understanding that if you drive the miles (15,000), and you keep the vehicle for what is the warranty life of many batteries (6-8 years), you can subtract 10K-15K from the price of the EV over a comparable 27mpg vehicle assuming an average fuel cost of $4.50. Always to be followed with a more in depth understanding of other assumptions and factors. So far, non-enthusiast are getting lost in the additional calculations and only seeing the initial cost. Surely there is a journalist out there that can articulate a cost base line while staying true to the overall math.

    1. staff says:

      Thanks Mark, we are working hard and sticking to our mantra of “only covering vehicles with plugs, but covering them completely”

      Don’t worry, we haven’t forgot about your email to us. Your article suggestion is a good, and necessary one, The trick is do that in a reasonable amount of words, and to make it interesting, so that it resonates with the most amount of people to get the message across. We love piles of numbers and spreadsheets, but many do not. Perhaps you want to take a shot at it?

      Along with the daily EV stories, over the next few weeks we are going to start to lay a foundation, cover the basics, etc. We just did the first (week long) review of the Focus Electric, and we will be doing some background/long term reviews (20,000+ clicks) on the cars that have been out long enough to have significant miles on them (Volt, LEAF, i, etc). Perhaps there is an opportunity to pepper in some kind of deep dive on ROI of electrics.

      The main issue calculating any long term savings over a 5 or 10 year term is that there are many unknown variables. Cost of gas, cost of electricity…but more specifically, cost of battery replacement and when. That is the big one. How much will that really cost at your local dealership? At year five if you have 80% capacity left, is this where the pack is replaced? Or is 10 years and 65-70% still ok? There is never going to be a hard answer.

      1. Mark H says:

        http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/calc/
        Although it is not flashy, I think you start with the calculator provided by the US Department of Energy. The assumptions tab is quite good. All calculations are base on NPV Net Present Value. I agree with their logic here. For gas pricing they have used the Annual Energy Outlook 2011, Table A3, Transportation section. It appears that they are using automatic updates to the price at 1.6% NPV. I think you have to let this be. They have clearly stated that future battery cost for EVs are omitted. You have to state this clearly in any article but also follow. A crude way to handle this (which I would not) would be to prompt the user to enter a speculated value for the battery but at the same time DOUBLE the years of the vehicle. Now you are talking maybe sixteen years life of the auto!

        I think what the article needs is some hypothetical as well as “real world” scenarios followed by the plotting of the values. I have carefully tracked my electricity usage for three years. Once I added the necessary pv solar panels for my Volt, and my cost for electricity remained the same, then I justified that my calculations were correct. Here is my spin on the numbers. I drive about 9000 miles per year. I installed the array myself with only the use of an electrician keeping the after tax dollars under $1700. The array has a 25 year warranty. If I divide $1700 by 25 year warranty and then by 12 months, I have set my driving cost under $6/month for 25 years. For most EV enthusiast who drive 15000 per year, the number would be at least double or $12/month for 25 years. I think the article has to start with some personal test case like this, address the omission of future battery cost, and point at the assumption table for the rest. I think the title of the article should be something along the lines of “What is the REAL cost of owning an EV?” or “Does an EV really cost that much?” I am not a journalist, but I have found that monthly cost combined with total cost excites. To paraphrase Dylan, Your debutante just knows what you need, But I know what you want”. This is the calculator that is referenced under Teslanomics. If it is good enough for Elon, it is good enough for me.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Lots of interesting stuff here. The calculator looks sound, the regional accounting for electricity and other fixed costs is nice.

          I think your own personal case is extreme on the cost savings. You didn’t reference your solar array size, but $1,700 after tax for any size is going to be far below the norm. Also, solar credits and rebates are very much a state by state, and a month to month thing.

          The fact you did all the “grunt” work and probably spent an inordinate amount of time shopping and sourcing the system still has an implied cost, if even you were “paying” yourself nothing. Most would not do all that themselves, or able to. In other words, your time is worth something, especially considering you obviosuly have a decent skill set.

          If you took your total number of hours spend researching, acquiring and installing the system, then times that by the average national wage ($19.70), your numbers would reflect differently. I am the same kind of person, I enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” and would do a lot of the leg work myself…but we have to be careful to not undervalue our contribution to the equation.

          I liken this to a Christmas present I got a decade or so ago from a grandparent. He wanted to get me Isotoner gloves. Retail price: $25, but grandpa had seen an outlet store on the other side of Toronto that had them for much cheaper. So he and grandma made a day of it, and drove 50 miles, had lunch, then drove all the way back to get those same gloves for $10. Now, did he really get those gloves for $10? He spend $10+ on gas, $10 on the gloves, $15 for lunch and 4 hours of his time. I gently reference this as ‘old person who has too much time on his hands math.’ He spent $25 in ‘hard’ cash, and $80 worth of personal time driving around busy Toronto roads.

          I think in the case of a EV calculator, your best just using your state electricity cost. Bringing in solar adds way too many variables. Your national average for full payback on the average cost of a 5 kWh system is just under 9 years in a normalized situation…but the swings from the norm on a case-by-case basis are huge.

          1. Mark H says:

            My bad on the pv array size. The additional panels for my Volt consisted of four 255 watt SolarWorld panels and four Enphase micro inverters for an added 1kWh. I believe 2 kWh systems will be adequate boost for 15000 mile drivers. Adding solar to the equation is equally messy and I am in favor of always posting the turnkey price along with the DIY price. I very much agree that this should be left out of the calculator, but the knowledge of how to do this may turn out to be very intriguing to a large portion of EV enthusiast. It may very well be another article all to itself. We have to remove the mystery from photovoltaics just like you are removing the mystery of EVs. Watch the install wave clip on the Enphase inverter and one will say, “hey I can do that” , when in fact you can! A 3 way residential light switch is more complicated than a micro inverter. No string calculations. A licensed electrician is still a must but this topic is part of the mantra. Lets face it, many EV drivers, like myself, do not wish to get their electricity from coal and enjoy the total independence that comes with being a sun catcher. Not to mention the money saved. I see a “pv tab” in your future!

        2. Mark H says:

          I failed to include my gas usage for the Volt. I have filled the nine gallon tank twice in six months. I consider my electric usage to be 90 percent. The point being that electricity is a far less expensive option and photovoltaic usage will also be less over time. I have oversimplified the numbers. Each state has different tax credits. There is also no guarantee that the green credits for buying electricity will remain the same over 25 years. The photovoltaic system will degrade 20 percent over 25 years but also will likely produce past 25 years at some linear digression. For all these reasons, it makes it difficult to use pv in the example, but people need to know that this too adds to the overall equation. Writing the savings article is going to be tough.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            You have a logical and nice flow writing about this topic. Are you sure you don’t want to write a 800 word or so post about this? Maybe a picture and a nice graph?

            insideevs@gmail.com if you do, (=

    2. Marc Lee says:

      I think the best answer to that is to look at the many fleet operators who are taking on EVs. Fleet managers, don’t care about looks and features. They only care about utility and cost of operation, so when we see them making committments to EVs, we know that the underlying economics have to be right.

  2. NRGTom says:

    I went thru my local Ford plant not that long ago & I thought that was huge, it only puts only 100,000 cars a year. This mother is 5times as big. Is it the biggest in the world now once it gets these cars?