Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Era at Nissan as Work Starts on the Leaf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Era at Nissan as Work Starts on the Leaf

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NISSAN starts work on the Leaf electric car today, underpinning thousands of jobs at the Sunderland plant, as well as many more in the supply chain.

The Leaf, incorporating more than 100 updates, will be rolling off the line at the company's record-breaking factory, using advanced lithium-ion batteries manufactured in Nissan's new UK Battery Plant.

The historic date was yesterday welcomed by the Prime Minister, whose Government has faced criticism for not doing enough to support the roll out of UK-wide charging points.

Last night, David Cameron said. "Nissan's record-breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric Leaf model and battery plant at Sunderland.

"This PS420m investment, backed by Government, is supporting over 2,000 jobs in our automotive sector, including more than 500 at Nissan in Sunderland. …

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