A Royal Welcome: Prince Charles at Sunderland Nissan Plant (w/video)
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, recently visited Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which produces Nissan LEAFs and lithium-ion batteries.
As it turns out, this is not the first time Prince Charles had a chance to drive in an electric car.
“His Royal Highness has a relationship with the plant that dates back almost 30 years.
During a trip to Japan in 1986, the Prince of Wales took part in a traditional Japanese Daruma ceremony to mark the start of production at the newly constructed Sunderland plant and rode in one of Nissan’s ground-breaking electric vehicles at the company’s Zama plant.
During today’s visit, The Prince of Wales was shown how a further 29 years of electric vehicle technology have helped make Nissan’s electric LEAF the best-selling electric car in history. He also met apprentices and employees involved in the project.”
According to the press release, 33,000 LEAFs have been sold in Europe.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe who hosted The Prince stated:
“We were honoured to receive a visit from The Prince of Wales.”
“With a keen, lifelong interest in sustainability, His Royal Highness was interested to see LEAF production as well as hear about Sunderland’s achievements as one of the UK’s most successful car plants.”