Sunderland plant reported to have landed £380 million grant
16 July 2009

Nissan's Sunderland factory is to be awarded a £380 million grant to build a new generation of electric cars, according to reports.

The grant was given to Nissan by the European Investment Bank in April, and the company has now decided to invest the bulk of it in the UK.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.uk

Nissan plans to turn its Sunderland factory into Europe's biggest electric car plant, securing 4500 jobs and those of up to 20,000 suppliers.

In order to win the investment, the Sunderland plant had to fight off competition from a rival factory in Spain. The UK government is expected to supplement the grant with further incentives.

Nissan is expected to unveil its first electric car later this month, with the first production vehicle expected to take to UK roads in 2011 with mass roll-out in 2012.

Lord Mandelson visited the Sunderland factory in April and hailed their ambition as a 'new industrial revolution in action'.

The reports remain unconfirmed, although an official announcement is expected to be made next week by the Japanese car giant.

See all the latest Nissan reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again