Nissan to build EV36Zero plant to produce new global EV model


Nissan unveiled its plans for the EV36Zero, a £1 billion (around P68 billion) electric vehicle  "manufacturing ecosystem."

Centered around the Nissan's plant in Sunderland, United Kingdom, the EV36Zero aims to accelerate the company's drive to carbon neutrality and establish a new 360-degree solution for zero-emission motoring.

The project has been launched with an initial £1 billion investment by Nissan and its partners, Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council.

Comprised of three initiatives, the Nissan EV36Zero aims to combine EVs, renewable energy and battery production, and "set a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry."

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Building on Nissan's historic 35 years of manufacturing excellence in Sunderland, those aforementioned aims will create 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers, including more than 900 new Nissan jobs and 750 new Envision AESC jobs.

In the long run, the project will modernize and expand its EV production capability in the UK, Nissan said. 

Envision AESC will deploy technology that will monitor and optimize energy consumption, manufacturing and maintenance at EV36Zero. That will allow it to rapidly increase production, as well as provide batteries for up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year.


A part of the billion-pound investment is Nissan's allocation for a new EV in the UK. Building on its expertise in crossovers and the worldwide success of the Leaf, it promises to make the switch to electric driving even more accessible, Nissan said. 

Designed for global markets, UK production of the new EV will be exported to the European markets traditionally served by the Sunderland plant. The car will be built on the Alliance CMF-EV platform, with a forecasted production capacity of up to 100,000 units. 

More details about the new vehicle, including pricing and technology, will be released closer to the car's sales launch.


Nissan started production in Sunderland in July 1986, 35 years ago this month. Since then, the plant has grown into the biggest plant in the history of the UK automotive industry, supporting 46,000 UK jobs, Nissan said.

Also based in the UK are Nissan's European Design Centre in Paddington, London (NDE), and research and development center in Cranfield, Bedfordshire (NTCE). The R&D center is where Nissan cars for the region and beyond are designed and engineered. 

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