Commitment to UK

Nissan poised to unveil gigafactory in UK

prototype Nissan Qashai

The company may announce new plans for the Qashqai

Nissan is close to finalising plans for a gigafactory at its Sunderland site to make batteries for electric cars in a move that will signal its commitment to the UK.

The government- backed investment will create thousands of jobs and help shake off any fears over the company’s long-term plans to remain in Britain after doubts were raised during the Brexit negotiations.

The Japanese carmaker has been in talks for months to build a plant that would make batteries for as many as 200,000 electric cars a year.

Production of its Qashqai and Juke models at Sunderland will be confirmed this week, according to Sky News. Nissan already makes the Leaf in Sunderland where it has been based since 1986.

The value of the government’s investment has not been disclosed but funds could come from a £500 million battery production fund announced last autumn as part of a “green industrial revolution”.

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