Nissan Celebrates 50,000th LEAF Produced In UK
Nissan has reached a milestone of 50,000 LEAFs produced in its European plant in Sunderland, UK.
The Japanese manufacturer has produced LEAFs locally in UK for the European market (and for a handful of other places worldwide) since 2013, alongside other conventional models.
To date, 2010 Nissan has sold nearly 220,000 LEAFs worldwide.
The Sunderland facility is also currently producing lithium-ion battery cells – but only for 24 kWh pack versions (interim 30 kWh batteries are made in Japan and the US). Looking ahead, Nissan has allocated an investment of £26.5 million (over $38 million) to gear up for the future generation of batteries.
Sunderland also supplies 24 kWh batteries for the e-NV200 van, which is produced in Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain, and then sold throughout Europe and Japan.
30 kWh packs for the LEAFs sold in Europe are assembled using cells produced in Japan.
“Three years after Nissan introduced electric vehicle and battery manufacturing to Europe, the 50,000th European-built Nissan LEAF has rolled off the production line.
Manufactured in Nissan’s flagship plant in Sunderland, UK, it is the first time a European carmaker has built 50,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and the batteries which power them – further confirmation of Nissan’s innovation and leadership in electric vehicle technology.
The silver, Tekna grade Nissan LEAF rolled off the production line last week and is destined for a customer in France. European-built Nissan LEAFs are currently exported to 23 global markets covering Western Europe and other destinations as diverse as Argentina, Iceland, Israel and Taiwan.
Nissan LEAF and battery manufacturing was launched in the UK in 2013 by Prime Minister David Cameron and supports over 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in its UK suppliers. And 2016 is shaping up to be a landmark year for LEAF, with the extended-range 250km LEAF introduced to Europe and the announcement that Nissan’s future generation batteries are confirmed for production in Sunderland – a further £26.5m investment in the plant.”
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe said:
“What Nissan is doing today with electric vehicle technology is more advanced than any other car manufacturer.
“This milestone is another first for Nissan and for our team in Sunderland. No other brand has Nissan’s experience or expertise in both battery and vehicle production, and I’m thrilled that over 50,000 customers in Europe share our vision for a zero-emission future.”
UK Transport Minister, Andrew Jones said:
“This major milestone is great news for Nissan and yet another example of Britain leading the way in developing cleaner vehicle technology, which is good for the environment and supports jobs and growth. Our goal is for nearly every car to be zero emission by 2050 and we are investing £600 million in electric vehicles to make this a reality.”