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Nissan’s LEAF becomes first European car with integrated battery to hit 50,000 on the production line

Nissan going from strength to strength with its electrical vehicles

Nissan LEAFs in production in Nissan’s flagship Sunderland plant
Nissan LEAFs in production in Nissan’s flagship Sunderland plant

Many mocked the Nissan vision of the electric car, but three years on from introducing the manufacture of its electric cars and batteries in Europe, the 50,000th Nissan LEAF has rolled off the production line at the company’s flagship manufacturing plant in Sunderland.


The silver coloured Tekna grade car will be the pride and joy of a customer in France, however these electric vehicles are currently exported to 23 global markets across Western Europe as well as other regions such as Taiwan, Israel, Argentina and Iceland.

Nissan LEAF and battery manufacturing was launched in the UK in 2013 by PM David Cameron and is responsible for over 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in its UK suppliers.


Now with the extended range 250km LEAF introduced to Europe earlier this year, coupled the fact that Nissan’s future generation batteries are confirmed for production in Sunderland, representing a further £26.5m investment in the plant, 2016 is turning out to be a very good year for the car manufacturer.


“What Nissan is doing today with electric vehicle technology is more advanced than any other car manufacturer,” said Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe.


“This milestone is another first for Nissan and for our team in Sunderland. No other brand has Nissan’s experience or expertise in both battery and vehicle production, and I’m thrilled that over 50,000 customers in Europe share our vision for a zero-emission future,” he said.


Five years ago, the Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market electric vehicle to go on sale and to date remains the best-selling electric vehicle with almost 220,000 vehicles sold worldwide.


Having introduced electric vehicle production to Europe with LEAF in 2013, Nissan launched a second EV into Europe two years ago when the e-NV200 van went into production in the Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain – powered by the same European-built advanced lithium-ion batteries as the LEAF.


UK Transport Minister, Andrew Jones said, “This major milestone is great news for Nissan and yet another example of Britain leading the way in developing cleaner vehicle technology, which is good for the environment and supports jobs and growth. Our goal is for nearly every car to be zero emission by 2050 and we are investing £600 million in electric vehicles to make this a reality.”





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