Nissan Motors Reveals £1 Billion Electric Vehicle Hub ‘EV36Zero’ in UK

Highlights :

  • Nissan’s EV36Zero hub includes EV production, Battery Production, and Renewable Electricity Microgrid.
  • Envision AESC and Sunderland City Council are partners in the megaproject.

The Japanese Automaker, Nissan Motors has yesterday revealed its Euro 1 billion electric vehicle (EV) hub, EV36Zero in Sunderland, UK. 

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The transformational project has been launched with an initial Euro 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 interconnected initiatives, Nissan EV36Zero brings together EVs, renewable energy, and battery production, setting a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Envision AESC will deploy integrated AIoT smart technology to monitor its new gigafactory, enabling it to rapidly increase production and provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year.

Speaking on their Nissan President and CEO, Makoto Uchida said “This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products. Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs but also the use of onboard batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes. Nissan Motors broke the news through its Twitter; 

Nissan’s EV Hub includes: 

A new-generation electric crossover

As part of the Euro 1 billion announcement, Nissan will invest up to Euro 423 million to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK. UK production will be exported to the European markets traditionally served by Nissan’s Sunderland plant. The new crossover will be built on the Alliance CMF-EV platform, with a production capacity of up to 100,000 units to be installed. This will create 909 new jobs at the plant, and more than 4,500 in the UK supply chain. 

With next-generation EV batteries

Envision AESC will invest Euro 450 million to build the UK’s first gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), adjacent to the Nissan plant, powered by renewable energy and pioneering next-generation battery technology.

The formal planning process is about to begin for the new gigafactory, which represents an initial 9GWh plant, with a potential future-phase investment of Euro 1.8 billion by Envision AESC, generating up to 25GWh and creating 4,500 new high-value green jobs in the region by 2030, with potential on-site for up to 35GWh. 

Zero Emission Manufacturing

Sunderland City Council is leading a project aiming to deliver a 100% renewable electricity ‘Microgrid’ that will save 55,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. With the ability to incorporate the existing Nissan wind and solar farms, initial plans suggest there could be as many as ten solar farms created, with an anticipated 132MW generation. This project is estimated to be a Euro 80 million investment and also includes plans for a 1MW battery storage system using second-life Nissan EV/Envision AESC batteries. 

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Bhoomika Singh

Bhoomika is a science graduate, with a strong interest in seeing how technology can impact the environment. She loves covering the intersection of technology, environment, and the positive impact it can have on the world accordingly.

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