Renault-Nissan plant begins construction

Construction of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s £210m European plant for the production of advanced lithium-ion batteries has begun in Sunderland, UK.

The 25,000m2 facility will be operational in early 2012 – with an initial annual production capacity of 60,000 units – and will supply batteries for Nissan and Renault electric vehicles (EVs).

The plant is expected to create 200 new Nissan jobs and a further 600 across the UK supply chain.

Sunderland will also become a production location for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle – the world’s first affordable mass-produced zero-emission vehicle, which will be launched in 2013 on the plant’s Number 2 production line.