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Nissan to produce new electric vehicles at its Sunderland plant

The local supply chain is set to receive a huge boost after Nissan this morning announced the manufacturing of electric versions of its two best-selling cars in Sunderland.

The Japanese carmaker said it would make its new electric Qashqai and Juke models in the North East as part of an investment worth more than £1bn. A third gigafactory will also be built at Sunderland to provide batteries for the new models, with power for all of the manufacturing sites coming from on-site wind and solar farms.

Nissan said it would be investing £1.12bn into its UK operations and its wider supply chain, including manufacturing improvements, skills training, and tooling for suppliers. As well as all electric Qashqai and Juke models being built at Sunderland, where it currently produces petrol-powered versions of those models and the electric Leaf, Nissan highlighted three future models in its ‘Hyper Urban’, ‘Hyper Punk’ and ‘Chill-Out’ concepts.

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