- Electric crossover of the next generation
- Next generation e-car batteries
- Emission-free vehicles, emission-free production
- Nissan in the UK
The car manufacturer Nissan has presented its EV36Zero plan to build a billion-heavy E-Auto Competence Center. Not far from the British Nissan site Sunderland, a globally unique production center for E cars accelerate the Decarbonization Strategy of the Japanese Automotive Group and pave the desired path to climate neutrality.
In the project, Nissan initially invests a billion British pounds together with its battery partner Envision AESC and the city of Sunderland (surrounded by around 1.17 billion euros). Nissan EV36Zero includes three interconnected initiatives for the production of electric cars, renewable energies and batteries. The project should be a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry.
“This project is trend-setting to achieve carbon neutrality over the entire lifecycle of our products. Our holistic approach includes not only the development and production of E-vehicles, but also the use of the drive batteries as a stationary energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.”- Makoto Uchida, President and CEO of Nissan
Building on the now 35-year production expertise by Nissan in Sunderland, the project should secure a good 6200 jobs at Nissan and its British suppliers. The Japanese car manufacturer therefore produces 900 new jobs, in which now the second Envision AESC Gigafactory at the site, another 750 will be added. In the long run, Nissan benefits significantly from this modernization project and expand its production skills for electric cars in the United Kingdom.
Envision AESC, the Battery Division of the Global Green Tech Company Envision Group, will use integrated AIOT smart technologies to monitor and optimize energy consumption, manufacturing and maintenance in its new Gigafactory. This allows the production to start quickly and batteries for up to 100.Provide 000 e-cars per year.
Electric crossover of the next generation
As part of the billion-heavy announcement, Nissan wants up to 423 million British pounds (CA. 493 million euros) invest and produce a completely new full-electric vehicle of the next generation in the United Kingdom. By combining crossover characteristics and the success of the Nissan Leaf, a vehicle design of the future should arise. The new crossover is to build on the CMF-EV platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and will be exported from Sunderland to European markets. The production volume should be up to 100.000 units.
Production will create around 900 new jobs in the Sunderland plant and more than 4500 in the British supply chain. In addition, another 75 jobs are secured in research and development. With the transformation project, the total investment in the NISSAN plant is now over five billion British pounds. Included are also:
- Research and Development in the European Nissan Technical Center in Cranfield (Bedfordshire),
- The support of British suppliers in the conversion to electric cars,
- An improved competitiveness of the factory and better environmental protection,
- Further education and training of employees in relation to future technologies.
Further production sites for the new model are still unconfirmed. Details about the new Crossover model, including prices and technologies, wants to announce Nissan shortly before the sales start.
Next generation e-car batteries
Envision AESC operates in Sunderland Europe-wide first battery work. It was built in 2012 for the local production of the Nissan Leaf. As a result, the British team now has nine years of experience in manufacturing and delivery of high-quality batteries. So far, there were cells, modules and battery packs for more than 180.000 units of E-models Leaf and E-NV200 manufactured for 44 countries.
For the new Nissan model Envision Aesc now invests 450 million British pounds (CA. 525 million euros) in a new Gigafactory for next-generation battery technology. The factory arises in the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), which adjacates the NISSAN plant. The formal planning process for the new work should start soon.
The Gigafactory initially offer a capacity of nine gigawatts (GWH), secure the existing 300 jobs and creates 750 new jobs. By 2030, the expansion in further steps is conceivable to up to 25 GWh, which would provide for 4,500 new jobs and would be a total investment of 1.8 billion British pounds. The potential maximum capacity at this location is estimated at 35 GWh.
The new production facility is intended to the competitiveness of the E-Auto Batteries of the 5 built in England. Increase generation. The new batteries should have a 30 percent higher energy density for more range and efficiency. The new work also fulfills the desire to make as many vehicle parts and components locally on site locally. Batteries become more favorable and a change of customers to an affordable e-car lighter.
Emission-free vehicles, emission-free production
The city council (City Council) of Sunderland supports the fully electric ecosystem with a so-called “microgrid”, which provides 100 percent renewable electricity for production and annually 55.000 tonnes CO2 saves. With the possibility of involving the existing wind and solar parks of Nissan, up to ten solar parks with an estimated performance of 132 megawatts (MW) could be created according to first plans. You will be connected directly to the British electricity grid to provide NISSAN and the non-adjacent International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP)-based automotive companies. The plans will be further developed in close consultation with potential “green” investors from the private sector.
This project is a novelty and is estimated at investments of 80 million pounds. It also includes plans for a 1 MW battery storage system consisting of used Nissan / Envision AESC EV batteries. It stores the excess energy that is generated during the day to compensate for the demand in the network and to provide the energy at a later date. Additional infrastructure projects that enable the creation of the new EV hub increase the total investment to over a billion pounds.
Nissan in the UK
35 years ago, in July 1986, Nissan has started production in Sunderland: Since then, the work has become the largest manufacturing facility in the history of the British automotive industry and 46.000 jobs secured. Nissan in the United Kingdom maintains the European Design Center (NDE) in Paddington / London and the Research and Development Center (NTCE) in Cranfield (Bedfordshire), where Nissan models are designed and developed for customers in the region and beyond.
In Sunderland, the Nissan Models Qashqai, Juke and Leaf are currently running from the band, most of which are exported to the European mainland (70 percent). 20 percent remain in the United Kingdom, the remaining ten percent go in markets around the globe – from South America to Australia and from the far north to South Africa.
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