Currently reading: Nissan plans to open UK battery gigafactory in 2024
Report claims site in Sunderland will eventually have a capacity of 20GWh and create thousands of jobs
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26 May 2021

Nissan is reported to be progressing with plans to build a battery factory in the UK in 2024 to support its transition to an EV-only line-up.

Citing three people close to the project, the Financial Times (FT) reports that the Japanese manufacturer is in "advanced talks" with the UK government and is expected to make an official announcement on the discussions' outcome in the coming months.

Nissan is expanding its operations in the Tyne and Wear region in line with a view to making the UK its biggest production hub outside of Japan.

It recently outlined plans to expand its Sunderland battery production facility, run by engineering partner Envision, to supply larger power packs for the UK-built Leaf, in line with post-Brexit foreign trade rules.

The new factory is reported too far exceed the 1.9GWh capacity of that existing facility (although it will be smaller than Tesla's 35GWh Nevada site), with production initially running at 6GWh and eventually topping out at between 18GWh and 20GWh.

The site will again be run by Envision, and the FT reports that it will have a production capacity of 200,000 units annually, creating "thousands of jobs".

The FT's sources claim that Nissan wants "tens of millions of pounds" worth of support from the British government and to secure lower energy costs for the plant's operation.

Nissan's battery factory would be the UK's second such facility, following the opening of Britishvolt's £2.6bn site in nearby Blyth in 2023. Designed by Pininfarina, that facility is expected to have a capacity of 300,000 batteries per year by 2027 and create around 8000 jobs on-site and in the supply chain.

While talks with Nissan are ongoing, the UK government is reported to also be talking to "several other potential gigafactory investors". It's widely believed that the UK automotive industry will become uncompetitive globally without its own battery-production facilities.

Rumours persist that Tesla could be considering its own battery factory in the UK, although this possibility was weakened in 2019 when the firm opted to open a site near Berlin in Germany (which has lately been beset by permit delays and local opposition).

A recent visit to the UK by Tesla boss Elon Musk reignited suggestions that a Tesla production outpost here is back on the cards, although he has yet to publicly comment on the speculation.


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Andrew1 27 May 2021
I love when brexiloons get exited about what will, maybe, happen in the future, if the government provides the right incentives from public money.
Just don't mention the present where models that were supposed to be built in the UK are cancelled or moved to Slovakia.
The future looks bright if we can get over the bleak present :)
jason_recliner 27 May 2021

The curse of Brexit strikes again!

jagdavey 26 May 2021

Musks Tesla Gigafactory in Berlin will have a capacity of 500,000 vehicles a year and produce the Model 3 and Model Y. Maybe his plan is to build a gigafactory in the UK to make commercial vehicles and pick ups?

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