The news had been in the air for days, now the official confirmation has also arrived: Nissan will build a new Gigafactory destined for battery production in Sunderland, Great Britain. The decision is part of a broader strategic plan called “EV36Zero“, Unveiled today by the Japanese automaker. In addition to Nissan, the plan was financed by the Chinese partner Envision AESC, which will thus enjoy 700 more jobs (Nissan will have 900 more), for a total of 6,200 workers employed on the site.
Nissan confirms Gigafactory for batteries in the UK
The new battery gigafactory will far exceed the current 1.9 GWh capacity: with a final capacity of 35 GWh, Nissan will thus reach the same capacity as Tesla’s plant in Nevada. A maximum capacity that will be reached step by step: initially it will be stable at 9 GWh, by 2025 it will rise to 25 GWh and in 2035 it will reach its full capacity. Initially, the investment made by Envision AESC will amount to 450 million pounds, but will then increase to a maximum of 1.8 billion pounds. The Chinese company thinks big: the goal is to increase the cost competitiveness of UK-made EV batteries, with the new ‘Gen5’ battery technology offering 30% more energy density for a better autonomy and efficiency. Thanks to this new Gigafactory, however, Nissan will supply batteries for up to 100,000 electric vehicles per year.
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The intention of the Japanese automaker is clear: increase accessibility against electric cars. Nissan is convinced that the British production of the new batteries will make its electric models produced there cheaper, thus allowing more and more customers to choose an electric car of the Japanese brand. The British government will also support the Nissan project, and will do so concretely with an investment of tens of millions of pounds in the Sunderland plant. Final gloss is the installation of a 1 MW energy storage plant.