Nissan planning huge Sunderland investment

Nissan is expected to confirm that it will build a huge electric car battery plant in Sunderland, creating upwards of 7,000 jobs.

The proposed factory would be built on the existing Sunderland site, producing 200,000 batteries a year.

Reports suggest the plant, which would make the site Nissan’s largest electrified production facility outside Japan, could be live by 2024.

Nissan said: “Having established EV [electric vehicle] and battery production in the UK in 2013 for the Nissan Leaf, our Sunderland plant has played a pioneering role in developing the electric vehicle market.

“As previously announced, we will continue to electrify our line-up as part of our global journey towards carbon neutrality. However, we have no further plans to announce at this time.”